City center hit with dispersal order following recent anti-social behavior

A dispersal order is in place in Leigh town center following reports of anti-social behavior in the area.

Powers include Lord Street, from Brown Street North to Spinning Jenny Way, and Railway Road from the junction of Findlay Street and Twist Lane, to Spinning Jenny Way.

Leigh Bus Station is included in the dispersal area, along with McDonald’s, Leigh Market and Spinning Gate Shopping Centre.

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The powers were granted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, according to the Leigh, Atherton and Hindley Division of Greater Manchester Police.

The area covered by the dispersal order

They will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, February 23) and will allow officers to order anyone to leave a place in the area and not return, or risk being arrested.

A GMP spokesperson said: “In response to recent incidents of anti-social behavior in Leigh town centre, powers of dispersal under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 have been authorized .

“Powers are in effect in the center of Leigh Town including LORD STREET from the junction of BROWN STREET NORTH to SPINNING JENNY WAY. RAILWAY ROAD, to the junction of FINLAY STREET and bordering TWIST LANE to SPINNING JENNY WAY.

“The dispersal order will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

“The powers allow officers, if necessary, to order anyone in a public place within the designated area to leave and not return during the period in question. Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offense and may result in arrest.”

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