Huthwaite dispersal order cuts problems

Anti-social behaviour has been reduced in a Nottinghamshire village after police were given extra powers.

Residents and businesses in Huthwaite had complained of drug dealing and abusive behaviour.

In December, a dispersal order covering 20 streets was approved, allowing police to move on people causing, or likely to cause, problems.

There were 30 incidents reported in the three months before the order and 11 in the three months after, officers said.

Beat Manager PC Paul Carter said: "Everyone has the right to live in their community without fear or intimidation and we hope that the extra measures being taken have gone some way in improving people's quality of live and in making them feel safer."

Under-16s are not allowed in the dispersal order zone between 9pm and 6am unless under the supervision of a parent or responsible person aged 18 or over.

Anyone who fails to comply risks being arrested and could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

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