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Three Dispersal Zones in operation this weekend

Post by Wirral Council News » Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:55 pm

Dispersal zones will be in operation in Birkenhead, New Brighton and West Kirby this weekend as Merseyside Police responds to recent incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in those areas.

They come into effect today and will last 48 hours until Sunday – the Birkenhead order runs from 5pm, the New Brighton and West Kirby one takes effect at 8pm.

The orders are enforced under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area for up to 48 hours. It is a response to recent reports of anti-social behaviour and youths gathering in the area.

Should a person who has previously been directed to leave the area return, an offence would be committed, which they may ultimately be arrested for.

The area covered by the orders are shown on the maps (below).

In West Kirby, this covers areas including Promenade area, Cubbins Green, Marine Lake and the beach. The boundary includes Lingdale Road, Meols Drive, Westbourne Road, Hilbre Road, Caldy Road, Sandy Lane, Croft Drive, and the beach as far out as the water’s edge.

The Birkenhead order includes the footpaths and pavements up to the boundaries of the private dwellings along the edge of the boundary roads on the map. The New Brighton area includes Kings Parade, Coastal Drive, Harrison Park, Warren Golf Club, Tower Grounds and Vale Park.

Community Policing Inspector Paul Harrison said: “We recognise the impact this global pandemic is having on all of our residents and we are continuing to see people, especially young people congregating in large groups in our public spaces. We have been called to reports of large gatherings, with people drinking and littering in these areas and of great concern is the increase in reports of violent crimes. The vast majority of people are law-abiding members of the community, and I just want to remind them that this order is not about bothering people going about their legitimate daily business.

“We’re keenly aware of the significant impact that this type of crime and anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in these areas. A dispersal zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I would urge anyone in the area with any information about anti-social behaviour, or criminal activity in their area to make contact.

“We would like to thank the vast majority of our communities for continuing adhering to social distancing measures and protecting the wider community from the virus, as well as those who are continuing to keep an eye out for criminal behaviour and reporting it to us. It will make a massive difference, as the last thing anyone wants is for these hard-earned freedoms to be reduced, like in other areas. It has never been more important than now to ensure that we all follow government advice, in place specifically for the safety of those living in Merseyside.”

Anyone who wishes to report anti-social or criminal behaviour can contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency. You can also follow @WirralPolice on Twitter and Facebook for updates and advice.



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Published by Wirral Council News on Fri, 10 Jul 2020

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