Dispersal order in Swadlincote extended for forty-eight hours
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An order to give police officers the power to disperse people in parts of Swadlincote has been extended, and an additional order brought in to cover more of the town.
A Section 34 dispersal order came into force in the town at 4pm on Wednesday 16 June and is due to expire at 4pm today (Friday 18 June).
However, the measure has been reviewed and officers are satisfied that the order is working to prevent disorder in the town and reassure residents.
It has therefore been extended for an additional 48 hours, until 4pm on Sunday 20 June.
A second dispersal order has also been brought into place to cover the area of Newall Park, and some of the surrounding streets, for the same period of time.
The orders allow police to disperse people from those parts of Swadlincote, and if they are involved in instances of anti-social behaviour, take anyone under 16 back to their home.
A dispersal order can only be authorised for a maximum period of 48 hours but at the point of expiry, we will carry out an assessment and a further period of up to 48 hours can be authorised if necessary.
Section Inspector Chris Thornhill said: “The feedback we have received from local residents is that they are supportive of the order and would welcome its extension.
“We know the recent knife crimes in the town have shocked and upset the community and we are working to reassure residents that we are here to prevent any disorder and help them to feel safe in the area.”
The areas included by the dispersal orders can be see in the images above.