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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbria police to crackdown on anti-social yobs

Police are to launch a zero-tolerance crackdown against yobs in part of west Cumbria.

Workington dispersal order graphic
The dispersal order area. Click here for larger map

A three-month dispersal order is to be introduced in the St Michael's area of Workington to combat a rising tide of anti-social behaviour.

The move comes after complaints from residents about criminal damage, fighting, verbal abuse, littering and consumption of alcohol.

The order - which starts on Friday, July 12 and runs until Friday, October 11 - includes St Michael's Church and surrounding grounds, Dora Crescent, Dean Street, Falcon Place and Fisher Street.

Police say they have received reports about large groups of youths "causing all kinds of problems for local residents and also the parishioners of St Michael's Church."

Inspector Gary Hunter said: "This is absolutely not acceptable and we have decided to introduce a dispersal order to help tackle the problem.

"These orders have been successful in recent years, with one in the Vulcan Park area of Workington and one recently in Egremont. They deter troublemakers and make the area safer and a more pleasant environment for residents.”

The order gives officers and PCSOs the power to disperse groups of two or more within the ward boundary.

Groups suspected of being involved in anti-social behaviour can be told to leave the area completely and be banned for up to 24 hours. If they refuse to comply, they could be fined up to £2,500 or jailed.

Insp Hunter said the order - granted after consultation with Allerdale council - was a strong message that police will deal robustly with those causing a nuisance and intimidating others.

Anyone who sees what they believe is anti-social behaviour should call police on 101.

Have your say

i hope you have more success in getting the police to come out than i have on the several occassions i have called them out for antisocial behaviour in my area. One time i rang them at 8pm and they eventually turned up after 11pm. Another time they said they had driven round in the car but couldnt see them(i live down an alleyway with no vehicular access but then it was a rainy night) and another time i rang 101 but it was permanently busy. Ive given up with police now find it easier to put some good old 70's music on and open the windows. Much more effective

Posted by kate on 7 July 2013 at 21:47

About time something getting done should do it in distington as well

Posted by Pat on 4 July 2013 at 19:45

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