Photo:  Southport Family Centre

Police were called to the Southport Family Centre, St Andrews Place, Southport after a resident reported youths trying break into the building at 8:30pm, Monday 4 April.

A witness said “A group of 6+ youths were on the roof of the Southport Family Centre and trying to break into the building.

“The teenagers ran off when the police arrived.

“No arrests made”.

Last month(March) Merseyside police ordered vandals to disperse from Southport town centre after reign of terror.

ots-news-southport-dispersalPhoto: Disperse zone (Feb & March)

A dispersal order has now been put into effect in February in an attempt to cut down on the high levels of anti social behaviour which has been rife throughout Southport Town Centre in recent weeks.

Now Merseyside Police are promising to crack down on the issue with a temporary dispersal order, meaning increased powers to break up congregations of youngsters even if they do not appear to be causing any issues.

Anyone gathering in large groups between Lord Street, Talbot Street and London Street will be broken up by police or PCSOs.

Southport Neighbourhood Inspector Graham Fisher said:

“We have had a significant increase in anti-social behaviour in the town centre. In particular, evenings around the Eastbank Street and Lord Street areas.

“Over the last couple of weeks we have experienced groups of 30 to 40 intimidating business owners, staff and local residents.

“As a result I have proposed to issue a 48 hour dispersal zone over the weekend. There will be an increased police presence in the area and we are working with local businesses and the Council to identify offenders and take the appropriate action.

“These measures are not designed to have a negative impact upon decent, well behaved people in Southport Town centre but rather to address the unacceptable behaviour of a small minority.

“These issues will be closely monitored and further dispersals will be authorised if need be.“

Did you see anything or do you have any information on this incident on Sunday evening? Please contact Merseyside Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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