Long Eaton dispersal zone is set up

Anti-social behaviour in a Derbyshire town has prompted the authorities to impose an order allowing them to break up groups.

Police said they had consulted with the local council and community groups in Long Eaton before setting up the dispersal zone in the town centre.

It allows officers to move on groups and ban them from returning for 24 hours and arrest them if they refuse.

The order will be reviewed after six months.

Police said they had taken action after complaints about groups of teenagers from residents and businesses.

As well as moving on groups, the order gives officers the power to return unsupervised under-16s home.

Sgt Chris Waters, of the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "A number of the youngsters have been complaining that there is nothing for them to do in and around Long Eaton.

"There are a number of clubs that youngsters can go to in the evenings that provide a safe environment for them to be in."

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