Ex­tra po­lice pow­ers to tackle city yobs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

PO­LICE have been given ex­tra pow­ers to tackle groups of yobs in a Peter­bor­ough neigh­bour­hood fol­low­ing a spate of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Part of Hamp­ton Vale has been made sub­ject to a dis­per­sal or­der, giv­ing of­fi­cers the power to or­der groups of more than two to leave the lo­ca­tion for up to 24 hours if the of­fi­cers be­lieve they are be­ing up to no good. Fail­ure to obey could see them ar­rested.

The rarely taken step comes in the wake of 168 in­ci­dents of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour re­ported be­tween July 1 and De­cem­ber 20 around the shops in Hamp­ton Vale, with groups of youths said to be in­tim­i­dat­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic and abus­ing passers-by and shop work­ers.

Sergeant Si­mon Gold­smith said: “I hope this dis­per­sal or­der sends out a clear mes­sage that we will not tol­er­ate the anti-so­cial and in­timi- dat­ing be­hav­iour that has caused so much con­cern for lo­cal peo­ple and the own­ers and staff at these shops.

“Ev­ery­one who lives in or comes to this area has the right do so with­out fear of ha­rass­ment or in­tim­i­da­tion and we are do­ing every­thing in our power to en­sure this is the case.”

The in­ci­dents are thought to be caused by be­tween 20 and 25 in­di­vid­u­als, aged from 14 to 17.

Mr Gold­smith said: “They are go­ing to get a short, sharp shock and we will be ro­bust with it.”

The dis­per­sal or­der will run for three months.

It cov­ers the area in front of Hamp­ton Phar­macy, One Stop, Sue Ry­der Care, Star Wok, Fil­lets, Kurry’s, Hamp­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Domino’s Pizza, Sub­way, Cost­cut­ter, Lad­brokes, Oxy­gen Hair­dressers, Mat­tini’s and the Moorhen pub­lic house.

The area ex­tends from the shop­ping area to in­clude West­lake Av­enue, Way­side Cres­cent, Spring Av­enue, Four Chim­neys Cres­cent and Ste­wartby Av­enue.

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