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Dispersal powers to combat anti-social behaviour

Dorset Police, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council have agreed the use of dispersal powers under Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to be used on the Littlemoor estate.

These powers will be used as an additional measure to those already being utilised to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the Littlemoor area of Weymouth.

Officers will be able to utilise these dispersal powers to direct anyone behaving inappropriately away from the area.

The dispersal order will start on 1 March 2013 and will remain in force until 1 September 2013. It allows police to disperse groups of two or more people who are acting anti-socially, or who are likely to cause distress to other people by virtue of their presence or behaviour within the boundaries of the dispersal order.

View the Littlemoor Section 30 exclusion area map (288kb PDF)

In addition to these powers, Section 30 of the Act allows the police to take home anyone who is in a public place within the relevant locality between 9pm and 6am if there are reasonable grounds.

These grounds are when the person is believed to be under the age of 16, is participating in anti-social behaviour or affected by others behaving anti-socially, and they are not under the control of a parent or other responsible person aged 18 or over.

Councillor Geoff Petherick, Brief Holder for Community Safety at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “We are working hard alongside our partners to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour in Littlemoor, and it is good to see the community unite to overcome the difficulties caused by a small minority.

“The new measures will boost the options police will have to combat anti-social behaviour and will mean issues can be dealt with swiftly by officers.

“We are delighted that street lighting was switched back on in Littlemoor and a temporary mobile CCTV camera has been erected in the area to improve safety and security.”

Sergeant Samuel Goom, from Weymouth and Portland Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These powers will give officers additional measures to deal effectively, robustly and promptly with anti-social behaviour on the estate.

“If you are under 16 years old and misbehaving on the estate we will take you home and ensure your parent or guardian takes steps to ensure it will not happen again.

“Dorset Police has been working hard with our partner agencies to ensure crime and anti-social behaviour is effectively tackled on the Littlemoor estate.

“Additional CCTV cameras have been put in place and we recently obtained an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against an offender.

“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour.”

Issued: 19 February 2013.

Littlemoor map