COMPLAINTS about groups of ‘initimidating’ teenagers in Long Eaton have led police to introduce a dispersal order.
Trouble-makers in the town centre can now be forced to move away from the area and can be arrested if they return within 24 hours.
Sgt Chris Waters of the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team explained that the introduction of the order in Long Eaton follows reports from residents and businesses that there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area recently.
“There are often groups of teenagers congregating in public areas which can be intimidating for local residents,” he said.
Police consulted with Erewash Borough Council, residents and other community safety bodies in the town to introduce the so-called ‘section 30 zone’ – named after legislation from the anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.
It allows police to disperse groups of people who are deemed to be harassing or causing a nuisance to others.
The order came into effect on Friday and will run for six months.
Those who are thought to be under 16 and unsupervised can be taken home after 9pm and served with a written notice warning them about their behaviour.
Similar orders were enforced in Cotmanhay in 2006 and in Ripley in 2008.
Sgt Waters added: “A number of the youngsters have been complaining that there is nothing for them to do in and around Long Eaton.
“But there are a number of clubs that youngsters can go to in the evenings that provide a safe environment for them to be in.”
Derbyshire police provides activities for youngsters such as the OzBox Scheme, which encourages young people to take up boxing-based fitness activities.
Details of other clubs and activities for youngsters can be found on the Derbyshire County Council website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk
Alternatively contact the Safer Neighbourhood team on 0345 123 33 33 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.