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Aberdeen youth dispersal order hailed a success

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Image caption Targeted roads were Finnan Place, North Balnagask Road and Provost Hogg Court

A three-month dispersal order in Aberdeen to cut anti-social behaviour by youths has been hailed a success by police.

It came into effect in the Finnan Place, North Balnagask Road and Provost Hogg Court area of Torry at the start of January.

Grampian Police said a total of 52 people were dispersed under the powers, with one arrest - on the first night.

The force said the message seemed to have got across to local youths.

Insp Willie Findlay said: "The use of a dispersal order is unusual and in fact it has only been used in Aberdeen once previously.

"It was necessary to give affected residents much needed respite from what was an continual annoyance by a group of young people.

"I am pleased to report a significant reduction in problems within the dispersal area. This indicates to me that the youngsters have taken onboard what we are trying to achieve."

He added: "I recognise that certain individuals will perhaps continue to present us with similar challenges in the future, but I anticipate that they will be isolated incidents and they will be met robustly."

The dispersal order ran for three months until Monday.

Similar steps were used in 2005 at the city's Beach Boulevard.

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