Police use dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour in Oxmoor area
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In a bid to tackle resident’s concerns over increasing anti-social behaviour, police in Huntingdon enforced a dispersal order around the Oxmoor area.
The order was put in place at the weekend (August 22-23) after a rise in reports from residents expressing their concerns about disturbances in the neighbourhood.
Inspector Paul Rogerson, of Cambridgeshire police, said: “We did make some arrests at the weekend on the Oxmoor, these were not linked with the dispersal order but they were certainly as a result of us being in the area.”
The dispersal order meant that, over the weekend, police were able to direct people to leave certain areas to help prevent disorder and anti-social behaviour.
Insp Rogerson said that officers were particularly looking for those who were fighting in public areas and causing rowdy nuisance behaviour affecting others.
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“We aren’t looking to use our dispersal powers on anyone who has not previously been a problem to us; there are people that we are targeting with these orders.
“If other people want to join with these groups then the powers will be used on them as well,” added Inspector Rogerson.
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The order was put in place under section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which means that officers can move on anyone aged 10 and above who is causing a nuisance or committing crime.
“We really want to talk to people about what’s going on, really try to get to bottom of things,” the inspector added.
According to Inspector Rogerson there will be more dispersal orders put in place for the area.