Dispersal order issued to combat anti-social behaviour this Halloween
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A dispersal order has been issued for Perton, in South Staffordshire, as we look to crackdown on anti-social behaviour (ASB) this Halloween.
The order, granted under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, gives officers the power to disperse anyone for the purpose of or reducing the likelihood of members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed, distressed or the occurrence of crime and disorder.
Failing to comply with an order is a criminal offence and police can return anyone under the age of 16 to their home address.
As part of the powers, we can issue the notices for a period of up to 48 hours and anyone found breaching a notice is liable to be arrested and face further action.
In recent years, fireworks and eggs have been thrown at premises in the area with police vehicles also targeted.
The dispersal order is to come into force from 12am on Tuesday (31 October) until 12am on Wednesday (1 November).
The order has been granted for officers and PCSOs to use in the locality of Anders Square and Perton.
Sergeant Jason Dorrington, of the South Staffordshire local policing team, said: “Following previous anti-social behaviour issues on Halloween in recent years, officers will be patrolling the area to tackle any instances of crime or anti-social behaviour.
“We understand the impact this behaviour can have and are continuing to work with partner agencies to tackle issues reported by our communities.
“We encourage parents and guardians to ensure they know where their children are, what they are up to, and who they are with.”
Anyone with any concerns can contact Staffordshire Police by messaging us on our LiveChat via our website or call 101.