Dispersal order used by police to curb anti-social behaviour in Formby beach area

Dispersal order used by police to curb anti-social behaviour in Formby beach area

by Malcolm Hindle (June 2020)

MERSEYSIDE Police had to introduce a 48-hour Section 34 Dispersal Zone during last week’s mini-heatwave, due to ‘high levels of anti-social behaviour’.

The order was in place from Wednesday, June 24 until 2.30pm on Friday 26 June.

The order was put into action under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & 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.

The dispersal order was in response to reports of ‘large gatherings’ in the Formby Beach area where members of the public were reported to not be adhering to social distancing measures as well as complaints regarding traffic congestion and parking offences.

Inspector Graham Fisher said: “We’re 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.

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

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

“We welcome any information on people acting criminally and advise the public to get in touch either via @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK should you wish to report something to us.”

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