Group ban to cut youth disorder in Grangetown

Moves to tackle anti-social behaviour in a Teesside town have been approved by police and the council.

Under the terms of a dispersal order covering part of Grangetown, groups of two or more can be broken up and banned from returning within 24 hours.

Anyone reasonably believed to be aged under 16 can also be taken home if they are found outside after 21:00 GMT.

The order, to run over Christmas and the New Year, came about as a result of concerns raised by residents.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: "The order has been put in place due to an increase in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage within the area over the last few weeks.

"We want to ensure the lives of those living in and around Cardigan Close are not blighted by the mindless few who are intent on causing damage and disruption in that part of the town."

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