Merseyside Police is continuing its crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the Kew and Birkdale areas by bringing in a temporary dispersal zone under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014.

The dispersal zone will run from 3pm on Thursday, 30 October through to 1pm on Saturday, 1 November and will apply to the area pictured on the map.

The dispersal area will be policed by the local neighbourhood policing team, along with PSCTOs, and a direction can be given to any single person aged over 10 years to disperse. The officer must have reasonable grounds to suspect that the behaviour has or is likely to contribute to members of the public being harassed, alarmed, distressed or crime and disorder occurring in the local area

Neighbourhood Inspector Darren Wilson, said: “This order is in response to a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour in this area. There have been 14 such incidents along with four reports of criminal damage within the last three weeks and we are working with partner agencies to address this issue.

“Dispersal orders are designed to target the small number of people who think they can blight our communities by committing anti-social behaviour.

“I would like to reassure the community that these orders are not aimed at the vast majority of people who are still free to meet in groups in the designated area.

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Above: Damage caused  to Bedford Park earlier in the year

“The order is supported by Sefton Council and our partners and is part of a range of measures and initiatives we and our partners are taking to tackle the problems caused by anti-social behaviour and make our communities a safer place to live and work.”

Anyone with information about incidents of anti-social behaviour can call Merseyside Police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

NoteThe dispersal power is a flexible power which the police can use in a range of situations  to disperse anti-social individuals and provide immediate short-term respite to a local community. The power is preventative as it allows an officer to deal instantly with someone’s behaviour and address any issues before they escalate,

The power can last up to 48 hours and can be granted by an officer of at least the rank of Inspector.

 Two conditions need to be met for a direction to be given

– The officer must have reasonable grounds to suspect that the behaviour of the person has contributed, or is likely to contribute to, members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed; or crime and disorder occurring in the locality.
– The officer considers that giving a direction to the person is necessary for the purpose of removing or reducing the likelihood of anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder.

The test includes behaviour that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, allowing the dispersal to be used as a preventative measure. The dispersal power is for use in public places; this includes places to which the public has access by virtue of express or implied permission, for example a shopping centre.

The Merseyside Police media team can be contacted on 0151 777 8566. The Merseyside Police Newsline is available on 0871 873 9107.

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