Police put dispersal order in place in Buxton

A dispersal order has been put in place to help officers target concerns about anti-social behaviour in Buxton's Pavilion Gardens this weekend.

The order will start from 7.30pm on Friday 31 July until 3am on Sunday 2 August.

It gives police officers and PCSOs the power to move on anyone who they believe could cause anti-social behaviour or crime in the area for a certain period of time, up to 48 hours.

It has been put in place as officers target recent concerns from the community about large groups of young people gathering and causing damage.

Children aged 16 or under can also be removed to their home address or a place of safety, and anyone who refuses to comply with an order to leave an area will be committing an offence and could be arrested.

Police say they will also be carrying out extra patrols in the Pavilion Gardens and surrounding area over the weekend to help deter anti-social behaviour.

Sergeant Adam Harrison, of the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: “The dispersal order gives us additional powers to deal with anti-social behaviour proactively, so we can move on any individuals we believe may be likely to cause trouble rather than waiting for it to happen.

“It isn’t about making the event a no-go area for all young people, just those who are not behaving sensibly, causing damage and distress for other local residents. We simply cannot tolerate anti-social and nuisance behaviour.”

People can report crime, suspicious behaviour or nuisance activity or contact the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team using one of the following contact methods:

Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message the contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us
Phone – call 101.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

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