Dispersal Zone introduced in Tuebrook
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We have introduced a Dispersal Zone in Tuebrook today, Friday 1 October following recent anti-social behaviour.
The Dispersal Order, together with increased patrols in the area, is in response to groups of youths causing anti-social behaviour which is impacting the public within the area.
It runs from 6pm today until 6pm on Sunday 3 October 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 Breckside Park, Rocky Lane, Lower Breck Road, Muirhead Avenue, West Derby Road and Townsend Lane
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 Inspector Andrew Lloyd said: “We’re introducing this Dispersal Zone as an extra response following reports of youths gathering in the area and behaving in an anti-social manner.
“This behaviour will not be tolerated and extra officers will remain in the area to disperse any groups causing such issues, and to provide reassurance to the vast majority of law-abiding people in the community.
“Such action isn’t about bothering anyone going about their daily business, or preventing young people from meeting with friends. It’s simply about taking action to stop reckless acts of anti-social behaviour to make sure that everyone can feel safe where they live.
“Neither are dispersal zones used in isolation. My officers and I are working with our partners and the community to identify, intervene and support young people who may be at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or crime, to benefit them and the communities in which they live.
“Rest assured, you can pass any information about anti-social behaviour in your community to us and we will take action.”
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.