Police powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

By a County Press reporter

Monday, June 9, 2014

 

POLICE powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in Newport have been renewed.

The dispersal order has been re-authorised by the Isle of Wight Council and police, who will be able to use their powers to tackle bad behaviour by groups of youths and adults, including being rowdy and inconsiderate, drug-taking and causing a general nuisance to other users of the area.

PC Adam Hinkley, from Newport police station, said: "This is a powerful piece of legislation to provide officers with an additional enforcement option and make the area a safer and more pleasant place to live and visit.

"It allows us to tackle the behaviour of a minority of local teenagers whose high level anti-social behaviour disrupts the quality of life of those living and working in the vicinity.

"We would also urge parents and guardians to know what their children are up to or potentially face the risk of their child being brought home by a police officer."

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, uniformed officers can disperse groups of two or more people whose behaviour they believe has, or is likely to, result in any member of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed by:

• Telling people in the group to leave the area.

• Telling people who don’t live in the area to leave.

• Telling people who don’t live in the area not return for a period of up to 24 hours.

• Remove anyone under the age of age of 16, not under the effective control of a parent or a person over the age 18, may be removed to their home or place of safety if more appropriate.

Anyone who remains in, or returns to, the area after being told to leave can be arrested and could face three months in prison or a fine of up to £5,000.

The boundaries of the dispersal order, which will run until the end of November, include; Trafalgar Rd, Medina Ave, St George’s Approach, St George’s Way, Coppins Bridge, Sea St, Crocker St, Mill St, High St, Foxes Rd, Carisbrooke Rd, Hillside, The Quay and Nineacres Field.

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