We have introduced a dispersal zone in Everton Brow today following reports of anti-social behaviour and crime in the area.
The order started at 5pm today, Tuesday 9 November until 5pm on Wednesday 10 November 2021 when it will be further reviewed. Officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any incidents.
The Dispersal Zones cover the areas bounded on the map, and includes: Junction of Everton Road and Brunswick Road travelling towards Everton Valley, including Heyworth Road and St Domingo Road. Turning left onto Everton Valley and turning left again onto A59 (Kirkdale Road) turning left onto Hunter Street meeting the original point, junction of Everton Road and Brunswick Road.
These reports relate to groups throwing fireworks at residents and causing criminal damage to vehicles in the area which has triggered alarm and distress in the community.
The order comes under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives Police Officers and Police Community Support 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, including vehicles, 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 Inspector Sarah Rotherham said: “We are aware that members of our community have been harassed and targeted by groups causing intimidation and damage. As a result we have increased patrols in the area to deal with these issues.
“We know that at this time of year we can see increased anti-social behaviour, arson and the reckless use of fireworks and we have plans in place for this. No one should have to worry about their possessions and businesses being damaged or vandalised which causes stress, harm and inconvenience and I would like to reassure everyone that there will continue to be extra high-visibility patrols during this time. I would ask you to continue reporting any concerns and we will take action.
“I would also urge parents and guardians to know where young people in your care are, to further assist us in dealing with those who cause trouble, and help keep the community safe.”
Anyone who wishes to report anti-social or criminal behaviour can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.