Special order for Century Square after 185 anti-social crime reports

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Police will be given powers to move trouble making and rowdy gangs away from an anti-social behaviour hotspot in the Millfield area of Peterborough.

A dispersal order will come into place in Century Square, Millfield on February 1, lasting for three months.

Century Square is enclosed by Oxford Road, part of Alexandra Road, part of Dogsthorpe Road, Green Lane, and part of Lincoln Road.

It comes after there were 185 separate incidents reported to police, including drinking, stone throwing and urinating in public during the 12 months up to November last year.

Officers and PCSOs can use the powers when there are reasonable grounds for believing 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, and failing to comply can result in arrest, and even a jail term of up to three months.

It is the latest move in Operation CAN-do, a scheme being run by police, Peterborough City Council and other agencies to improve the Millfield and New England areas of the city.

PC Alan Calver, an officer from the Operation CAN-do team, said: “Anti-social behaviour can cause misery for local people and have a detrimental effect on businesses, which lose trade.

“We have to deal with anti-social behaviour incidents on a daily basis, including intimidating behaviour, littering, urinating in public, youths loitering in the area on residents’ private property, noise, street drinking, and stones being thrown at windows.

“People should be able to use public spaces without feeling threatened by groups of people hanging around.

“It will also help prevent children and vulnerable young people from being on the streets in the evening and having older peers encouraging them into anti-social or criminal activities.”

In December a dispersal order was put in place at The Pyramid Centre in Bretton, after shopkeepers and residents complained about groups of youths gathering in the precinct. Dispersal orders have been used in Hampton and Central Avenue.

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