Blitz on anti-social behaviour in town

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Police are set to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Chesterfield town centre after being granted a dispersal order.

Police officers and Chesterfield Council bosses have put the six-month order in place covering most of the town centre, targeting a small number of people causing problems for business owners and residents.

Inspector John Turner, of Chesterfield Policing Section, said: “The use of a dispersal order under anti-social behaviour legislation has become necessary because of a minority of people who are continuing to create difficulties for business owners, shoppers, residents and tourists in small areas of the town centre.

“We are committed to resolving the issues that our community has raised.

“A dispersal order is an effective tool in helping to reduce the unacceptable behaviour of a small minority. The powers will be used proportionately and will therefore affect only those people who are behaving irresponsibly and without consideration for others in the area.”

The order, which takes effect from August 1, means groups causing problems will be asked to leave, and those who refuse could be arrested.

Youngsters out without an adult will be taken home.