Street ban for yobs as arcade is attacked
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