New order is making town a better place

Ilkeston police introducing new powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. pcso Chris Hart, pc Steve Harper and sgnt John Troup.
Ilkeston police introducing new powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. pcso Chris Hart, pc Steve Harper and sgnt John Troup.

NEW police powers to crack down on anti-social behaviour and day time drinking are getting results after just a month according to the area’s top cop.

Insp Nick Daines, at Ilkeston police station spoke to the Advertiser about the new measures and how they are working this week.

He said: “We’re a month into this new system now and it’s going well.

“There have been arrests, extra patrols, a higher police presence on the streets and in parks on Friday and Saturday nights and as a result we’ve seen the number of calls we receive drop.”

Since the order came into force on May 1, 60 people have been dispersed and arrests have been made, including three on Friday night.

The order gives cops the power to target troublemakers and nuisance drinkers who congregate in the town.

If they return within 24 hours they can be arrested.

Insp Daines said: “We saw an example of how the order works on Friday night.

“Officers went to a park where there was a large group of 14- to 16-year-olds drinking lager and cider.

“They were all dispersed and the alcohol was seized.

“When officers went back to the same park later on that evening and found three of the same group had returned they were arrested.

“They were interviewed and will now receive a final warning.

“We hope that this is having a big impact on the quality of life of residents, shops and businesses and town goers.

“And we also hope that it is sending out a clear message to people who are foolish enough to ignore this order.”