Dispersal order for Huntingdon park

A dispersal order has been put in place for Coneygear Park in Huntingdon.

A dispersal order has been put in place for Coneygear Park in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

A dispersal order aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in Huntingdon has been approved.

The measure has been taken by the local policing team in response to groups of people gathering, playing loud music and drinking alcohol.

The order, which covers Coneygear Park, is in effect from 6pm today (August 7) until 8am on Sunday (August 9).

Chief Inspector Paul Rogerson, who oversees the Huntingdon Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We have continued to receive reports of anti-social behaviour in the park and it’s having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for nearby residents.

“This order will grant us the powers necessary to move those causing issues out of the area with immediate effect.

“Once someone has been dispersed out the area they won’t be allowed to return with a specified time period. If they do, they risk being arrested.”

The order has been granted under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and allows for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and police officers to direct a person to leave the area specified within the order if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that their behaviour has caused, or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public. Failure to comply with the order can result in arrest.