Over 100 stopped on street

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POLICE stopped and searched 116 people on the streets of Derbyshire during last week’s unrest sparked by rioting, looting and arson attacks which started in London and spread to cities including Birmingham and Manchester.

Of those people whom officers stopped, 114 were issued with dispersal orders, banning them from specified areas for a set amount of time.

There were “a small number of incidents of criminal damage, arson and anti-social behaviour” which resulted in eight arrests, including three in Chesterfield for conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

And another 18 arrests were made during the course of last week by officers patrolling the streets looking for anything which could have sparked a serious incident.

Police chiefs issued the updated figures while praising the county for avoiding the serious mayhem experienced elsewhere.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “One of the key factors of keeping disorder to a minimum last week was early intervention and dealing with emerging issues on the streets in a robust way.

“We would not have been able to achieve that if it wasn’t for the support we had on the ground - from the community itself, but also the many voluntary groups, youth workers and partners such as the other emergency services and local authorities.

“We had a terrific response from people, and their ability to get out in key areas and engage with groups of young people has been invaluable.

“We have linked in directly through our Safer Neighbourhood teams providing support.

“Many people involved in that sort of work aren’t being paid for it and are doing it for the good of their community. It has been a challenging period for policing as a whole and people should be reassured that we are not complacent and will not be taking our attention off the situation.”