Police will be out on specific roads in Merseyside from 7pm this evening after reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.
The order will run from 7pm today (Wednesday) to 6.59pm Friday evening and provides police with the power to disperse groups of people suspected of causing trouble for up to 48 hours.
The Dispersal Zone covers Shaw Lane, Thomas Drive, Brookside Road, Molyneux Drive, Saunders Avenue and Bryer Road in Prescot.
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As well as removing members of the public who are suspected to be causing, or likely to cause, crime and antisocial behaviour in the designated areas, it also gives officers and police community support traffic officers the right to seize any items used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.
Should a person who has previously been directed to leave the area return, an offence would be committed, which they may ultimately be arrested for.
Community Inspector Peter Rexwinkel of Merseyside Police said: “We’re introducing this Dispersal Zone as an extra response to support members of the public and businesses, who have reported youths gathering in the area and causing disorder and intimidation to local businesses and residents.
“This behaviour will not be tolerated and extra officers will remain in the area to disperse any groups causing such issues, and to provide reassurance to the vast majority of law-abiding people in the community.”
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Police officers will be visible in the Prescot area during this time to disperse any groups causing issues, and to provide reassurance to the vast majority of law-abiding people in the community.
Peter added: “Such action isn’t about bothering anyone going about their daily business, or preventing young people from meeting with friends. It’s simply about taking action to stop reckless acts of anti-social behaviour committed by a minority of people to make sure that everyone can feel safe where they live.
“Rest assured, you can pass any information about anti-social behaviour in your community to us and we will take action.”
Merseyside Police encourage members of the public to inform them of any information on anti-social behaviour via their Twitter and Facebook social media desks.