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Weekend Dispersal Zone issued for Norris Green following anti-social behaviour

News   •   Dec 07, 2018 11:49 GMT

Dispersal Zone in Norris Green this weekend (7-9 December)

Merseyside Police will this weekend be introducing a Dispersal Zone in Norris Green following reports of anti-social behaviour in recent weeks.

The Dispersal Zone has been authorised from 1pm today (Friday 7 December) until 1pm on Sunday, 9 December.

The area covered (see map) is bounded by Townsend Lane, Utting Avenue, Lewisham Road, Muirhead Avenue, Morningside Road and Broad Lane.

The order comes under the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014 which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to leave the area for up to 48 hours.

If a person has been directed to leave the area and returns during the period of the dispersal notice, an offence will have been committed.

Any breaches of this can lead to their arrest.

Community Policing Inspector Graeme Rooney said: “This order is not about bothering people, young or old, who are going about their legitimate daily business and enjoying the weekend in a responsible way. However, we recognise the impact that anti-social behaviour can and does have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people involved in this type of behaviour today and into tonight.

“Working closely with our partners at Liverpool City Council, the dispersal zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I would urge anyone in the area who has any information about anti-social or criminal activity in their area to contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Welcoming the move, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Cllr Barry Kushner, said; “In recent weeks we have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in Norris Green Park, particularly at the weekends.

“We know that young people are drinking alcohol and our main concerns are for the safety of the young people, who could be making themselves vulnerable through their behaviour and the disruption their behaviour is causing to local residents.”

“At the same time as the introduction of the dispersal order, as Councillors we are paying for extra youth work at the weekends, co-ordinating work with local schools that some of the young people attend, and the Council City safe team is increasing patrols around the park. Our licensing team is also monitoring the local off licenses, where underage drinkers are getting the alcohol.”

“Everyone has a role to play in ensuring our young people stay safe and we urge parents in the area to make sure they know where their children are, particularly late at night, and what they are doing.”