Police crackdown on groups of anti-social youths

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YOUTHS found congregating on the streets of a north Derbyshire town in groups of two or more could be moved on or taken home by police officers in a new crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

A Dispersal Order has been introduced in Creswell, near Chesterfield, which gives police the power to ask groups of two or more to move on.

And anyone who fails to move on as directed may be arrested and face fines of up to £2,500.

The order also means anyone under 16 could also be taken home by the police.

The Dispersal Order was introduced following an increase in reports anti-social behaviour in the area.

It covers the whole of the town centre and stretches out to include the former colliery site, Creswell Crags and the Model Village.

To coincide with the order extra activities are planned to keep young people entertained.

Bolsover District Council’s Extreme Wheels Roadshow will be held at the Social Centre car park in Colliery Road every Friday between 6pm and 8pm.

And Youth Service sessions will be held at the Creswell Centre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Coun Brian Murray-Carr, chairman of Bolsover Community Safety Partnership, said the action was in response to complaints from the local community about bad behaviour.

He said: “This is a partnership response to anti-social behaviour and to people’s perceptions of disorder.

“It provides the police with additional enforcement powers to tackle those individuals that persistently engage in acts of anti-social behaviour.

“We hope that as well as tackling the issue it will also show those who live and work in Creswell that their views and concerns are taken seriously and that we act upon them.”

The dispersal order will remain in place until November 22.