You could be sent home and banned from these spots this weekend

A number of key problem areas plagued by crime with be patrolled by police this weekend.

Officers could send you home and even ban you from the spots for the entire weekend if they think you are involved in anti-social behaviour.

Merseyside Police were granted two dispersal orders for separate parts of the Wirral after reports of crime in New Brighton and Birkenehad.

Over the next 48 hours, the Section 34 dispersal orders will be in place, giving officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area for up to 48 hours.

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A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "Officers in Birkenhead and New Brighton are introducing a Dispersal Zone this weekend as a response to recent incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area.

"The order comes under Section 34 of 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 members of the public to leave a designated area for up to 48 hours.

"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."

Areas of New Brighton and Birkenhead are covered by dispersal orders this weekend

Birkenhead

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The dispersal order in Birkenhead cam into place at 5pm on Friday, July 3 and runs until 4.59pm on Sunday, July 5.

It covers the area outlined in the map below and includes the footpaths pavements up to the boundaries of the private dwellings along the edge of the boundary roads.

These are the following streets included: Park Road East/Conway Street/Argyle Street/ Argyle Street South/Elm Grove/Willmer Road/Balls Road East/Balls Road/Slatey Road/Park Road South/Park Road East.

It is a response to recent reports of anti-social behaviour and youths gathering in the area.

These reports include youths riding pedal cycles and electric cycles aggressively and inconsiderately.

Birekenhead covered by Section 34 Dispersal Order

Under the legislation, officers have the power to seize any item, including vehicles, used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.

Community Policing Inspector Tom Welch said: “We’re well aware of the significant impact that anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in this type of behaviour in the area.

“The vast majority of people in area are law-abiding members of the community, and I just want to remind them that this order is not about bothering people going about their legitimate daily business.

“The dispersal zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I would urge anyone in the area with any information about anti-social behaviour, or criminal activity in their area to contact.

“We would like to thank the vast majority of you who are adhering to social distancing measures and protecting the wider community from the virus as well as those who are continuing to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and reporting it to us.”

New Brighton

A Section 34 dispersal order will be in place in New Brighton from 8pm on Friday, July 3 until 8pm on Sunday, July 5.

It is a response to recent reports of anti-social behaviour and youths gathering in the area.

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.

The area covered by the order is show on the map, and covers areas including Kings Parade, Coastal Drive, Harrison Park, Warren Golf Club, Tower Grounds and Vale Park.

Community Policing Inspector Paul Harrison said: “We’re keenly aware of the significant impact that anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in this type of behaviour in the area.

New Brighton covered by Section 34 Dispersal Order

“Over the last weeks, we have been called to reports of large gatherings, and we’ll continue to respond and deal with such reports.

"Of great concern is the increase in reports of violent crime in the area.

"The vast majority of people are law-abiding members of the community, and I just want to remind them that this order is not about bothering people going about their legitimate daily business.

“We would like to thank the vast majority of our communities for continuing adhering to social distancing measures and protecting the wider community from the virus as well, as those who are continuing to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and reporting it to us.

"It will make a massive difference, as the last thing anyone wants is for these hard-earned freedoms to be reduced, like in other areas.

“It has never been more important than now to ensure that we all follow government advice, in place specifically for the safety of those living in Merseyside.

“The dispersal zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I would urge anyone in the area with any information about anti-social behaviour, or criminal activity in their area to make contact.”

Anyone who wishes to report anti-social or criminal behaviour can contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. call 999 in an emergency.

You can also follow @WirralPolice on Twitter and Facebook for updates and advice.

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