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 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.
Wirral Community Policing Inspector Alan McKeon said: “We have proactively put this dispersal zone in place in response to reports involving anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the area, which is having a significant impact on businesses and people visiting Liscard town centre and Central Park.
“We have also received a report that the three public defibrillators have been stolen. This is nonsensical because they were installed in the town centre to save the lives of those in a medical emergency, including the people who have stolen them.
“We have increased patrols in the area to deal with any issues, and this dispersal zone gives officers in the area extra powers to approach people they suspect may be there to commit anti-social behaviour or other crimes.
“This order is to ensure residents and businesses are not subjected to any such behaviour, and 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.
“If you witness any anti-social behaviour or have any information about such incidents, please contact or speak to our officers and we will take action.”
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