Police invoke dispersal order in Swadlincote to combat anti-social behaviour

Posted on 3rd March 2015


Police will be tackling anti-social behaviour and crime in Swadlincote by using new powers that were introduced in October 2014.

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, officers can move on anyone aged 10 and above who is causing a nuisance or committing crime.

The new powers mean that officers can disperse people who they believe are likely to commit crime or disorder, or to behave anti-socially.

Swadlincote town centre, the Hepworth shopping centre, Eureka Park (up to Midland Road and incorporating John Street), and McDonalds are all covered by the dispersal order that takes effect at 6pm tonight (Tuesday March 3). The powers last up to 48 hours and can be renewed if necessary.

Sergeant Graham Summers, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “We are taking this action because of youngsters who commit anti-social behaviour in the area.

“These new powers mean we can be much more effective in cutting out crime and anti-social behaviour before it has a chance to happen.

“If officers out on patrol see people who they think may cause a nuisance, they can now address it and move them on if they feel that the problem could escalate.

“It will be at the discretion of the officers on patrol, so these powers do not mean that we will be moving everyone we find out of an area – just those who are or could be causing problems.”

Children aged 16 or under can be removed to their home address or a place of safety, and anyone moved on under the powers can be prohibited from going back there for a certain period of time.

Anyone who refuses to comply with an order to leave will be committing and offence and could be arrested.

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