Littlemoor troublemakers to be removed from estate and sent home by police
Troublemakers in Littlemoor will be moved away from the Weymouth district after new powers were handed out to police by councillors.
Dorset Police, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Council will be able to use dispersal powers to move people on from the Littlemoor estate.
The dispersal order will start on March 1 and remain in action until September 1, allowing police officers to disperse groups of two or more people who are behaving anti-socially.
Cllr Geoff Petherick, Brief Holder for Community Safety at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: "It is good to see the community unite to overcome the difficulties caused by a small minority.
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"The new measures will boost the options police will have to combat anti-social behaviour and will mean issues can be dealt with swiftly by officers.
"We are delighted that street lighting was switched back on in Littlemoor and a temporary CCTV camera has been erected in the area to improve safety and security."
Police will also be able take anyone home who is in the dispersal area between 9pm and 6am if there are reasonable grounds.
This will happen if officers believe the person to be under the age of 16, is taking part in anti-social behaviour and are not under the control of a parent or responsible adult aged 18 or over.
Sergeant Samuel Goom from Weymouth and Portland Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "These powers will give officers additional measures to deal effectively, robustly and promptly with anti-social behaviour on the estate.
"If you are under 16 years old and misbehaving on the estate we will take you home and ensure your parents or guardian takes steps to ensure it will not happen again.
"Dorset Police has been working hard with our partner agencies to ensure crime and anti-social behaviour is effectively tackled on the Littlemoor estate."