Police have issued a dispersal order for Peterborough city centre and will also be using drug dogs in preparation for an increase in evening visitors in the area this weekend.
The order will come into effect at 8pm tonight, Friday December 15 and end at 6am on Sunday, December 17.
There will also be a passive police drug dog operation taking place throughout the course of the dispersal order to help combat drug use in the city centre.
Inspector Kieran Mylchreest said: “Traditionally, this time of year can see large groups of people out drinking in the city centre, which can often increase the potential for alcohol-related incidents.
“The dispersal order gives us an effective tool to tackle anti-social behaviour and diffuse potentially harmful situations before they escalate.”
Officers and PCSOs can issue a dispersal order when there are reasonable grounds to believe that the presence or behaviour of a group of two or more people in a public place has resulted, or is likely to result, in members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed.
The group can be told to disperse and leave the location for a specified length of time, but not for more than 24 hours.
Failing to comply can result in arrest.