New Powers To Deal With Littlemoor Trouble Makers
7:41am 1st March 2013
If you're under 16 and causing trouble in Littlemoor - Police in Weymouth now have new powers to deal with you.
From today they're bringing in dispersal orders to tackle anti-social behaviour - as Maria Greenwood reports.
The powers will allow police to disperse groups of two or more people who are acting anti-socially or who are likely to cause distress to others by their presence or behaviour.
Section 30 of the Act also allows the Police to take home anyone in a public place between 9pm and 6am if there are reasonable grounds.
These grounds are when the person is believed to be 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.
The powers will remain in force until the 1st September.
Councillor Geoff Petherick, Brief Holder for Community Safety at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "We are working hard alongside our partners to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour in Littlemoor, and it is good to see the community unite to overcome the difficulties caused by a small minority.
"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 mobile CCTV camera has been erected in the area to improve safety and security."
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 parent 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.
"Additional CCTV cameras have been put in place and we recently obtained an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against an offender.
"We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour."