Extra police powers to tackle city yobs
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.