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Police dispersal zones in Halewood and Huyton

by Alison Cornmell

Dispersal zones have been introduced into parts of Halewood and Huyton following recent reports of antisocial behaviour and disorder.

The order runs from 6pm on Thursday 4 November until 6pm on Friday 6 November and officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any incidents.

It follows reports of young people gathering in large groups throwing items including fireworks, stones and coins, attempting to cause damage, shouting and using foul and abusive language. In the Huyton area reported behaviour includes throwing items including fireworks, stones and eggs, causing damage, shouting and screaming, using foul and abusive language including Hate Abuse crime. Young people have also been causing nuisance within abandoned offices.

The Dispersal Zones cover the areas bounded as per the maps.
Map of Halewood

map of Huyton

The order comes under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area and not return for up to 48 hours.

Under the legislation, officers have the power to seize any item, including vehicles, used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.

Should a person who has previously been directed to leave the area return, an offence would be committed, which they may ultimately be arrested for.

Anyone who wishes to report anti-social or criminal behaviour can contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.