Crackdown on nuisance behaviour

Police crackdown.
Police crackdown.
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Police are set to ban groups of youths from congregating in an area of Whiston in a bid to help cut anti-social behaviour.

From June 1 to September 1 officers will have the power to break up groups of two or more youths in the Ropers Bridge area, courtesy of a section 30 dispersal order.

The order will be in force every day between 6pm and midnight.

Officers will also have the power to send under 16s home and arrest anyone who ignores their instructions.

The order has been authorised by Merseyside Police and is supported by the force’s partner, Knowsley Council.

It follows concerns about anti-social behaviour raised by the local community. Leaflets with details of the order will be displayed throughout the dispersal area and distributed in local schools.

Terry Pearson, Whiston’s neighbourhood sergeant, said: “Reducing anti-social behaviour is one of our key priorities in Whiston because we know it’s something that really matters to our local community.

“We are working hard with our partners, including the Council, to look at a range of measures to tackle recent problems surrounding people congregating in the Ropers Bridge area and the section 30 order will help us to do this.

“The order will be regularly patrolled by uniformed officers who will be targeting the small minority of people who are determined to cause problems for local people and businesses.”

A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said: “This is good news for local people who have been experiencing anti-social behaviour.”