Dispersal zone introduced in New Brighton
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We have introduced a Dispersal Zone in New Brighton today, Saturday, 14 August, following reports of anti-social behaviour in the area this afternoon.
The order runs from 8pm today until midnight on Monday, 16 August and officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any incidents.
The Dispersal Zone covers the area bounded in the map and includes: Portland Street, Warren Drive, Ennerdale Road, Mount Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Magazine Lane, Magazines Promenade, Tower Promenade, Marine Promenade, Perch Rock, Kings parade.
The order comes under Section 34 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 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.
Community Policing Sgt Alan McKeon, said: “We are keenly aware of the significant impact that anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in this type of behaviour in the area.
"The dispersal zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I would urge anyone in the area with any information about this type of anti-social behaviour to contact 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also follow @WirralPolice on Twitter and Facebook for updates and advice.”
Always call 999 if a crime is in progress. You can pass any information on anti-social behaviour via our social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.