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A Dispersal Zone has been introduced in Fazakerley this evening, Sunday 30 October, following recent reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the area.
The order began at 7pm tonight and runs until 8am tomorrow, Monday 31 October, where it will be further reviewed. Officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any incidents.
The Dispersal Zone covers the areas of Longmoor Lane, Lower Lane, Copplehouse Lane, River Alt and Lower Lane.
These reports relate to groups of youths congregating, some of whom have been involved in criminal damage offences which has caused alarm and distress to residents 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 traffic officers powers to direct people who are engaging in antisocial behaviour or are likely to become involved in such incidents. These powers will not be used for anyone visiting the area and going about their daily business.
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 Andrew Lloyd said: “We have proactively put this dispersal order in place in response to reports involving anti-social behaviour where youths are throwing fireworks at motorists and criminal damage of street furniture in the area.
“This dispersal order is to prevent youths gathering and causing unnecessary distress and intimidation to people who want to go about their business without fear or harm.
“We have increased patrols in the area, and this latest action of a dispersal zone is to deal with any issues and prevent offences from taking place. I would ask people to continue reporting any concerns and we will take action.
“I would urge parents and guardians to know where young people in your care are, to further assist us in dealing with those who cause trouble.”
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.