A dispersal order is in place in Preston city centre following recent anti-social behaviour.Advertisement
Preston Police enforced the Section 34 order (Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014) from 6pm today (Friday 21 January), and it will continue until 6pm on Sunday 23 January.
The order, which gives officers the power to ask people to leave certain areas, has been put in place following recent reports of disorder involving youths.
It covers the area surrounded by parts of the A59, Friargate, Fishergate, Church Street, Grimshaw Street, and Queen Street and includes the Flag Market, Bus Station, and Queens Shopping Park.
Sgt Sarah Denson of Preston Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Anti-social behaviour encompasses a wide range of offences and can involve harm to individuals, business owners, members of the wider community or to the environment. This behaviour can leave victims feeling harassed, alarmed or distressed.
“We understand that this can have a profound impact on our communities and how safe people feel in our neighbourhoods. We are dedicated and committed to providing the public with the best level of service possible and tackling this type of crime.”
The order will be reviewed and further dispersal orders implemented if necessary.
Read more: See the latest Preston news and headlines