Dispersal orders put in place in March as fair comes to town this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:52 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 12 October 2018

These are the areas affected by the dispersal order in March that is in place from 5pm today (Friday 12). Picture: GOOGLE MAPS.

These are the areas affected by the dispersal order in March that is in place from 5pm today (Friday 12). Picture: GOOGLE MAPS.

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A dispersal order has been put in place in March in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour whilst the fair is in town.

In response to recent concerns from the public, the measure has been taken by the local policing team, in consultation with Fenland District Council.

The order comes because the fair is currently in town, meaning there are more families and children in the area.

The order enables police to move people on from an area where they suspect their behaviour is anti-social. It will be in place initially between 5pm today (Friday October 12) and 2am tomorrow (Saturday October 13) and then again between 5pm tomorrow (Saturday) and 2am on Sunday (14 October).

It covers the area encompassed by the A141 junction with Knights End Road, the A141 junction with Wisbech Road along to Dartford Road, Creek Road, to the railway line, along to Silt Road, Upwell Road, Barkers Lane and back to the B1101 junction with Knights End Road.

Inspector Ian Lombardo, from the Fenland Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Due to recent incidents of anti-social behaviour I have authorised a dispersal order for the March area.

“The fair is currently in the town and as a result there has been an increase in footfall and also in the number of families and children attending the area.

“I want to make sure that officers have all the powers available to them to deal with anyone who is intent on causing anti-social behaviour quickly and effectively.

“Families coming to the town to enjoy themselves are welcomed and encouraged but anyone who comes to the area to cause disruption can expect to be dealt with robustly.”

The order has been granted under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and allows for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and police officers to direct a person to leave the area specified within the order if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that their behaviour has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public. Failure to comply with the order can result in arrest.

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