Churchyards in Cornwall get dispersal orders
Two churchyards in Cornwall have been granted dispersal orders so police can remove groups of people if they are suspected of anti-social behaviour.
The orders have been approved for the churchyard of St Martin and St Meriadoc's and the Centenary Methodist churchyard, both in Camborne.
The orders run until 30 September and police can remove groups of two or more people for a period of 24 hours.
Police said it was first time churches in Devon or Cornwall had got orders.
Camborne's neighbourhood police team requested the orders after several years of police having to deal with reports of fighting, alcohol consumption and drug taking in St Martins and St Meriadoc's.
The team said the problem was caused by long-term street drinkers and groups of youths, and that it was worse during the summer months.
Anti-social behaviour has also been reported at the Centenary churchyard, with some criminal damage caused to some headstones.