Police to tackle Verwood crime wave
THE increase in vandalism and disorder in Verwood and Potterne will not be tolerated.
That is the message from Dorset Police and East Dorset District Council, who are stepping up their efforts to deal with anti-social behaviour in the area by agreeing to the use of dispersal powers.
In addition, Section 30 of the Act allows Police to take home anyone who is in a public place within the relevant locality between 9pm and 6am if there are reasonable grounds to believe the person is under the age of 16, is participating in anti-social behaviour or affected by others behaving anti-socially, and they are not under the control of a parent or other responsible person aged 18 or over.
Sergeant Nicola Loftus said “These powers will give officers additional measures to deal effectively, robustly and promptly with anti-social behaviour in the area designated. We have agreed with partner agencies to apply Section 30 in response to the increase in antisocial behaviour and criminal damage experienced in the area over the last few months. Collectively all partners are committed to tackling this hotspot. ”
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