Police warn nuisance youths to stop away from parts of Ilkeston

The area of Kirk Hallam covered by the dispersal order
The area of Kirk Hallam covered by the dispersal order

A dispersal order has been granted to allow Safer Neighbourhood officers in Ilkeston to tackle anti-social behaviour at a local playing field.

The order comes after officers from the Kirk Hallam and Hallam Fields Safer Neighbourhood Team received numerous complaints of anti-social behaviour, noise and drinking from residents who live near the playing fields off Windsor Crescent, Kirk Hallam.

Sergeant Damien Shannon, who is in charge of the team, said: “Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in this area as it is a community facility for all to enjoy.

“We have had numerous complaints from local residents that the enjoyment that some are seeking there is causing a nuisance and this is not acceptable.”

Police have been granted a dispersal order to tackle the problem which enables officers and PCSOs to break up groups of two or more people who they believe could cause trouble and order them to leave the designated area for up to 48 hours and will run from 6pm on Friday, October 14 to 6pm on Sunday, October 16.

Youths under the age of 16 can also be taken home by officers as part of the order. Anyone who refuses to comply with an order to leave will be committing an offence and could be arrested.

This is the second order in place, the first was issued between Thursday, October 6 to Monday, October 10 and dispersal notices were issued to six young people between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age. This included a 19-year-old who was found with cannabis and was issued a fixed penalty notice for the offence of possessing a class B drug.

A set of amplified speakers was also confiscated from another young person.

Sergeant Shannon said: “We are very much aware that not all young people want to cause a nuisance but it is clear from the complaints that we have been receiving that some do. We will target them to ensure that the playing fields can continue to be enjoyed by the majority who are not causing a nuisance to residents.

“Our message would therefore be that by all means use the facilities of the playing fields but do so in a way that does not cause a nuisance to others or we will remove you from the area.”