Another scatter order issued for parts of the borough of Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford
Meir, Meir Park and Grindley Park are all affected
Another dispersal order has been issued for an area of Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford Borough as police seek to crack down on anti-social behavior in Meir.
The notice – which is the fourth in as many weeks focused on the region comprising Meir, Meir Park and Grindley Park in Meir Heath – gives officers additional powers in their crackdown on anti-social behavior and comes after police received numerous reports involving young people committing anti-social behavior.
So far, 11 dispersal notices have been served on non-complying people – with more people being dispersed using the additional powers given to officers.
The order, granted under section 34 of the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Police Act 2014, gives officers the power to disperse any person for the purpose of or reducing the likelihood of members of the public of the locality are harassed, alarmed, distressed or the occurrence of crime and disorder.
Failure to comply with an order is a criminal offense and the police can return anyone under the age of 16 to their home. They can issue notices for up to 48 hours, and anyone found to violate a notice is subject to arrest and prosecution.
The order will start at 4 p.m. on Friday July 23 and will end at 4 p.m. on Sunday July 25 – except extension.
Chief Inspector Rob Hessell said; “These orders turned out to have had a positive impact on the local community, so that fewer groups came together in the area.
“We continue to work closely with local partners to review the situation in Meir in the hope that we will continue to see a decrease in the number of anti-social behavior in the region.
“We also seek, alongside the local authority and other organizations, to solve problems and offer support to families and young people when they are ready to accept it. For those who do not and persist in causing problems, various measures will be considered to alleviate the problems caused to other local residents and businesses.
“With the schools ending this week and the recent good weather, we have decided to implement a new ordinance to ensure that young people enjoy their free time in a reasonable and safe way.
“We continue to ask parents and guardians to know the whereabouts of their child in the weeks and months to come, and in doing so, to help keep them and our communities safe.”
Stoke-on-Trent City Council Chief Abi Brown said: “We welcome the new dispersal order and it builds on the work of recent weeks to address community concerns. We are delighted that this action has reduced the number of group gatherings, and we continue to take the safety of our communities very seriously, working with police and other agencies to address residents’ concerns.
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