A dispersal order was issued in Whitehaven over the weekend after a 'significant increase' in youth anti-social behaviour (ASB). 

A dispersal order gives officers extra powers to ask individuals engaging in anti-social behaviour to leave the area and not return, if they return, they risk being arrested.

In a statement on social media, Copeland Police said that ASB 'affects our community' and warned of future arrests. 

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A spokesperson for Copeland Police said: "If any youths are caught committing ASB they will be taken home and talked to their parents as well they well be issued dispersal ticket, if they are seen again they can be arrested.

"There has been significant increase in youth ASB within Whitehaven town centre over the last 48 hours, this affects our community