Officers tackle anti-social behaviour with dispersal order
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Officers from Newcastle Neighbourhood Policing Team are continuing to crackdown on anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Chesterton following concerns from local residents.
There have been numerous reports of ASB in the area recently, with youths reportedly threatening staff at businesses along London Road, Chesterton, committing thefts and being abusive towards members of the public.
As a result, officers carried out an operation to tackle the ASB from 5pm on Friday (1 April) to 12am on Sunday (3 April).
A section 35 order was granted for officers and PCSOs to use along London Road, the B5500, Castle Street, Audley Road, Church Street and King Street, including Chesterton Park.
If the anti-social behaviour continues, further dispersal orders may also be enforced.
The power of these orders will enable officers to approach and disperse anyone aged 10 or over who has committed or is suspected of committing ASB, or likely to cause harassment and distress to others.
Officers can order an individual or individuals to leave the area by the most appropriate means.
Chief Inspector Laura Morrey, commander for Newcastle Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Officers have actively patrolled the local area after residents got in touch with them to raise their concerns.
“There is a small number of individuals that have engaged in anti-social behaviour, which has led the community to feel intimidated and worried.
“We understand the impact this behaviour can have on people living in the area, so are asking young people and their parents and carers to be considerate of others and act responsibly when out-and-about.”
Anyone with any concerns can contact Staffordshire Police by reporting online at www.staffordshire.police.uk/report, sending a direct message on Facebook or Twitter or calling 101.