Leeds & West Yorkshire

Dispersal order granted in Leeds city centre

Police have secured a dispersal order to deal with anti-social behaviour and disorder in the centre of Leeds.

The order, which came into force on Saturday and runs for six months, allows police to order people out of the city centre for up to 24 hours.

If they ignore the order they face a fine of up to £5,000 or a prison term.

People under the age of 16 are also not allowed to be within the area between 2100 and 0600 BST unless they are with a parent or responsible adult.

Insp Grant Stead, of West Yorkshire Police, said anti-social behaviour was not a "major problem" in the city centre.

He said: "However, a dispersal order gives us a really effective tool which we can use at our discretion to ensure that the very small minority who involve themselves in behaviour which spoils everyone else's enjoyment of the city centre can be ordered to leave, and receive a strong punishment if they ignore the order."

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