A reminder that a number of Dispersal Zones will be in place from 4pm TODAY, Saturday 4th November 2023 until 11:59pm Tomorrow, Sunday 5th November 2023 (Bonfire Night).
What is a Dispersal Zone?
Under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014, the Police can specify that an area is a dispersal zone.
In these areas, police officers or PCSOs have the power (under certain circumstances) to:
• Require anyone to leave the area and prevent them from returning for up to 48 hours.
• Require a person to surrender items that can be used to cause anti-social behaviour.
• Send under 16s home or to a place of safety.
• Arrest anyone who ignores the instruction.
Why has it been put in place?
The dispersal zone is just one tool used to help combat anti-social behaviour in the area which has been causing damage to property in the locality and putting the community at risk of injury.