Police use dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour in Derbyshire

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Police in Shirebrook have been granted a dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour and public order issues in the area today following an increase in complaints.

The order started at 5pm last night and will run until 5pm today.

It enables officers and PCSOs to break up groups of two or more people who they believed could caused trouble.

A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “The power enables officers and PCSOs to break up groups of two or more people who they believe could cause trouble and order them to leave the designated area for 24 hours.

“Youths under the age of 16 can also be taken home by officers as part of the order.

“Officers applied for the dispersal order following an increase of anti-social behaviour from groups of youths in the area.

“During December and early January, police were alerted to three incidents involving groups fighting in the area and causing a nuisance for local residents.

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