Street ban for yobs as ar­cade is at­tacked

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY CHRISTY BYRNE christy.byrne@trin­i­tymir­ @ByrneChristy

VAN­DALS struck in sev­eral lo­ca­tions in South­port on Tues­day night, prompt­ing po­lice to ban cul­prits from en­ter­ing the ar­eas they tar­geted.

Cam­bridge Ar­cade was par­tic­u­larly badly hit, with The Hun­gry Monk and Jaspers Gifts both dam­aged.

Po­lice said on Wed­nes­day: “Over 20 dis­per­sal no­tices were is­sued last night across the three Dis­per­sal Zones of South­port Town Cen­tre, Ains­dale and Formby.

“This means the in­di­vid­u­als have been banned from re­turn­ing to the area they have been given a map of, for 48 hours from the time of is­sue.

“The ex­clu­sion there­fore lasts un­til af­ter the time the Dis­per­sal Zone is in use for, and un­til 48 hours have elapsed from the time the form is is­sued.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers and PCSOs on duty to­day are aware of the peo­ple who have been is­sued with the no­tices.

“Any breaches will lead to ar­rest.”

One shop owner in the ar­cade, who did not wish to be named, said their shop had re­peat­edly been at­tacked by van­dals, re­gard­less of whether it was Mis­chief Night or not.

Po­lice pre-empted Tues­day’s at­tacks on prop­erty, and re­leased a state­ment on Mon­day warn­ing of the po­ten­tial for anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

In the state­ment, Mersey­side po­lice said: “Of­fi­cers are ask­ing par­ents to help keep com­mu­ni­ties safe by tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their chil­dren’s where­abouts and to be mind­ful of any neigh­bours who may be el­derly or vul­ner­a­ble and who might feel fright­ened or in­tim­i­dated.

“Shop­keep­ers are also be­ing urged not to sell any items that can be mis­used to cause dam­age, such as eggs, flour and cans of shav­ing foam.”

Dam­age in­flicted to the win­dow of Jaspers Gifts in Cam­bridge Ar­cade

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