Orders to target 'nuisance' areas
THREE dispersal orders are being introduced in March town centre in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour. Police and Fenland District Council have decided the orders, which will remain in place for six months, will help to tackle the problem after complain
THREE dispersal orders are being introduced in March town centre in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour.Police and Fenland District Council have decided the orders, which will remain in place for six months, will help to tackle the problem after complaints from businesses and residents.The three separate orders will cover the children's play area in West End Park, the George Campbell Leisure Centre and an area around George Square and City Road.Groups will be dispersed 'where their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed'.Anyone refusing a police officer's directions to disperse will be committing an offence, punishable by up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.March Sector Inspector Richard Lowings, said: "I am pleased with the decision to grant these dispersal orders, which will have a significant impact on the anti-social behaviour problem in the area of West End Park."Visitors, residents and workers have every right to a peaceful existence, free of crime and the fear of crime and nuisance behaviour. These orders will go some way to stopping this anti-social behaviour, allowing those visiting, living and working in the area to be free from harassment."I would urge people to continue reporting incidents of anti-social or nuisance behaviour to the police. I am confident that these dispersal orders, together with high visibility patrols, will drive down anti-social behaviour in the West End Park area."Jon Butler, anti-social behavioural manager for the Fenland Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, said: "These powers allow the police to target a small minority who continually cause a nuisance around the town.