Nottingham

Warsop dispersal order 'cuts crime'

Reports of anti-social behaviour in part of Nottinghamshire have fallen by 20% after a dispersal order was set up, police have said.

A dispersal order in Warsop town centre began in January after complaints from residents and businesses.

Officers said since then 149 people had been moved on, four people arrested and letters sent to 42 sets of parents.

Overall crime in the area is also down by 12.6% compared to the previous year, with violent crime down 17.4%.

BB gun

The order allows police to move on groups of people they believe could cause problems and arrest them if they refuse or return.

Sgt Carole Ostle said: "Historically we do see an increase in the number of antisocial behaviour reports in the summer, with warmer weather and school holidays.

"To ensure the great work that has been undertaken using the powers granted through a dispersal order since the beginning of the year continues, my team has submitted an application to Mansfield District Council to extend it for an additional six months."

Between April and October last year more than 400 incidents were recorded in the area, including a BB gun being fired into a shop.

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