Littlemoor Estate police get dispersal powers
By NewsPipe | Thursday, February 21, 2013, 10:21
Anti-social behaviour and a spate of crime in Weymouth's Littlemoor estate has prompted Dorset Police, Dorset County Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to allow use of dispersal powers in improving the situation.
Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 allows police to disperse groups of two or more people who are acting anti-socially or who are likely to cause distress to other people by virture of their presence or behaviour. Police can also take people back to their homes between the hours of 9pm and 6am if there are reasonable grounds to do so.
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."
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.
The Dispersal Order will take effect from the 1st March and continue until 1st September. It is hoped that this measure, in addition to extra CCTV coverage of the area will help the situation over the summer.