Police powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

By a County Press reporter

Monday, June 9, 2014

 

POLICE powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in Newport have been renewed.

The dispersal order has been re-authorised by the Isle of Wight Council and police, who will be able to use their powers to tackle bad behaviour by groups of youths and adults, including being rowdy and inconsiderate, drug-taking and causing a general nuisance to other users of the area.

PC Adam Hinkley, from Newport police station, said: "This is a powerful piece of legislation to provide officers with an additional enforcement option and make the area a safer and more pleasant place to live and visit.

"It allows us to tackle the behaviour of a minority of local teenagers whose high level anti-social behaviour disrupts the quality of life of those living and working in the vicinity.

"We would also urge parents and guardians to know what their children are up to or potentially face the risk of their child being brought home by a police officer."

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, uniformed officers can disperse groups of two or more people whose behaviour they believe has, or is likely to, result in any member of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed by:

• Telling people in the group to leave the area.

• Telling people who don’t live in the area to leave.

• Telling people who don’t live in the area not return for a period of up to 24 hours.

• Remove anyone under the age of age of 16, not under the effective control of a parent or a person over the age 18, may be removed to their home or place of safety if more appropriate.

Anyone who remains in, or returns to, the area after being told to leave can be arrested and could face three months in prison or a fine of up to £5,000.

The boundaries of the dispersal order, which will run until the end of November, include; Trafalgar Rd, Medina Ave, St George’s Approach, St George’s Way, Coppins Bridge, Sea St, Crocker St, Mill St, High St, Foxes Rd, Carisbrooke Rd, Hillside, The Quay and Nineacres Field.

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by john hanson

10th June 2014, at 21:29:59

yYes GH i take your point in the olden days the policemen were more resonable and laid back and spent most of their term as policemen on the island unlike this new breed or copper who come over from london and other parts and think we are all thick farmers as for mr Froment he moans about every thing i pity his poor wife if hes married

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by john hanson

9th June 2014, at 23:34:36

most of the idiots causing trouble work at county hall

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by Graeme Egerton

9th June 2014, at 23:29:28

Sorry, it's my phone, screen needs cleaning!!

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by Graeme Egerton

9th June 2014, at 23:26:45

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by Graeme Egerton

9th June 2014, at 23:23:19

I heard there's going to be large groups of people drinking all day and night, some possibly taking drugs and listening to very loud music in my local park this weekend. Who do I report this to??

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by Graeme Egerton

9th June 2014, at 23:23:19

I heard there's going to be large groups of people drinking all day and night, some possibly taking drugs and listening to very loud music in my local park this weekend. Who do I report this to??

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by Colin Barton

9th June 2014, at 21:26:15

Cowes next then!

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by D Gorman

9th June 2014, at 20:26:24

So Big Brother is alive and well and living in Newport .... How's this going to work festival weekend when Coppins Bridge is overflowing with unsupervised teenagers? Oh that's right major events don't count, got a similar scheme in Ryde along with bylaws making it illegal to drink in public on the seafront, come scooter weekend, where are Her Majesties finest? Nowhere to be seen is where, far to difficult to police, easier to stay out of the way.

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by kevin froment

9th June 2014, at 19:02:54

george, i think you must be my twin, totally agree with everything, you said, bring back the birch and watch the little hooligans start behaving again

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by john hanson

9th June 2014, at 18:45:27

GH im not just talking about teenagers ive witnessed adults treated in the same way they use it as an excuse to in many situations not involving bad behaviour you onluy have to look at onwe the wrong way and your nicked

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