Essex

Order to cut anti-social behaviour in Nazeing area

A dispersal order has been set in place to help deal with anti-social behaviour in a village in Essex.

The dispersal order for Nazeing will start on Saturday 7 August and will be effective for six months.

The order, issued by Essex Police, gives the police powers to issue groups of two or more offenders with a warning to leave the area for 24-hours.

Last summer there was rise in complaints from local residents regarding anti-social behaviour.

'Coincide with holidays'

If people warned to leave the area return with 24 hours, they can be arrested under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act.

The orders also give police the power to take home children under the age of 16 if they are out past 2100 BST and likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour.

Sgt Sally Davies, of Essex Police, said: "We have organised a dispersal order to coincide with the holidays to equip officers with more powers to respond to any reports of anti-social behaviour.

"The dispersal orders will not affect law abiding people; these orders will only affect the small minority who cause anti-social behaviour."

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