A dispersal order, giving police officers the power to move people from areas of Blythe Bridge, was in force this week. The powers were handed to officers after yobs smashed windows of properties in The Avenue and Mount Road.
A dispersal order, giving police officers the power to move people from areas of Blythe Bridge, was in force this week.
The powers were handed to officers after yobs smashed windows of properties in The Avenue and Mount Road.
Residents reported anti-social behaviour to police on Sunday evening, with one householder dialling 999 to call for urgent help.
The issue was discussed at a meeting of Forsbrook Parish Council on Monday (July 20) evening.
Clerk to the council, Dawn Plant, said: “The issue was around the recreation ground, the Avenue and Mount Road. I’ve spoken to the police and believe one resident did ring 999.
“Properties did have windows smashed. A dispersal notice has been put in place for the recreation ground and surrounding areas.”
Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team put the dispersal order in place.
The order, granted under section 34 of the Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, gives officers the power to disperse anyone for the purpose of or reducing the likelihood of members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed, distressed or the occurrence of crime and disorder.
Failing to comply with an order is a criminal offence and police can return anyone under the age of 16 to their home address. They can issue the notices for a period of up to 48 hours and anyone found breaching a notice is liable to be arrested and face further action.
The order was in place until 5pm on Wednesday (July 22).
Sergeant Rob Peacock, deputy commander for the Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Following an increase in calls from concerned residents, officers will be patrolling the village to tackle any instances of crime or anti-social behaviour.
“The majority of young people go out to meet up with their friends and do not cause any problems.
“However, there was a small number of individuals who engaged in anti-social behaviour (ASB) on Sunday evening.
“I must stress Blythe Bridge is a very safe and low crime area to live and the latest figures show that there has been a reduction in ASB of 33 per cent which works out at 124 less calls compared to the previous year.
“We do have a dedicated Neighbourhood policing team for the area, made up of officers and PCSOs, who work together to prevent ASB and other criminality, as well as providing reassurance to the community.”
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