Warwickshire Police and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have put in place a dispersal zone covering an anti social behaviour hotspot in Nuneaton.
The dispersal zone covers much of Marlborough Road, Princes Avenue, Silken Court, Gillet Close, Villiers Street and Bracebridge Street. Posters will be displayed locally outlining the area on a map.
The authority which came into force on the 17 October 2011, was issued under section 31 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003. This authority allows a Police Officer or a PCSO to require people in groups to disperse at once and leave the locality; they can prohibit people from returning within a 24 hour period and between 9pm and 6am can return any person under the age of 16 to the care of their parents or a responsible adult. Any person breaching this order can be arrested and risks a fine and/or imprisonment.
Inspector Pat Devereux said: ‘We have listened to residents in this area who have complained about high levels of anti social behaviour which has had an impact on their quality of life. We have the support of local community groups and elected members in seeking this authority which increases our powers to effectively target the hardcore of people who show no respect for the rights of the residents. This is one of a number of measures put in place to take a firm grip of those responsible’.
Further information can be found at: www.warwickshire.police.uk/home