In response to anti-social behaviour incidents in Huyton town centre, Merseyside Police introduced a Section 35 Dispersal Order, which ran from 6pm on Friday, 6 April through to 6pm on Sunday, 8 April 2018.
The dispersal order covered the area bounded by Archway Road, Lathom Road, Huyton bus station and Polar Bank.
During this 48 hour period, no anti-social behaviour incidents were reported to Merseyside Police.
The Dispersal Order, part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, provides the police with powers to remove or reduce the likelihood of members of the public becoming “harassed, alarmed or distressed” or “the occurrence of crime or disorder” in a particular area.
Officers can direct people to leave the area and not return for up to 48 hours. Failure to comply with the Order could result in a prison sentence of up to three months or a fine not exceeding £2500.
Over the weekend, Knowsley’s Local Policing team provided high visibility patrols, engaged with a number of youths in the area and updated them on the dispersal zone, visited a number of business premises in the area to provide staff with an update on the actions they were taking as well as offering reassurance that anti-social behaviour was being addressed.
Inspector Phil Mullally, Community Local Policing team, said “This is just one of the many tools we can use to address anti-social behaviour. We know that this is an issue affecting our local communities and in response to those concerns, we introduced the dispersal zone over the weekend which proved successful. We will continue to listen to our communities and take robust action against those who cause problems in our community.”
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Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour can do so by phoning Merseyside Police on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, free on 0800 555 111.