Two further dispersal orders in place over parts of Wrexham city
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Two further dispersal orders will be put in place over parts of Wrexham city today and tomorrow in a bid to deter anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Luke Hughes has authorised for the orders to put in place from 5pm today, Friday, January 27th until midnight and again from 5pm on Saturday, January 28th, until midnight.
The areas covered in the dispersal orders are outlined on the map above.
It comes after the first order was put in place on Wednesday (January 25th) as a result of reports of multiple incidents by a large group of youths in the city on Monday evening (January 23rd).
Incidents including assaults, a fire extinguisher being set off, signs and coins thrown at shop staff and younger children being chased by the group.
They came after a number of reports of low level anti-social behaviour in the city centre last weekend- in particular in the areas of Regent Street, Eagles Meadow and King Steet.
Inspector Hughes said: “Whilst we have made some progress in addressing the original issues, I am not so naive to think the problem is fixed.
“A lot more work is required by ourselves and others to address the core issue of anti-social behaviour and also to ensure suitable diversionary activities are available.
“I’ve said before how I want our city centre to be safe and enjoyed by all, and that absolutely includes those from every age group. But, a certain standard of respect is required and is insisted upon.”
Dispersal orders give officers and PCSOs the power to direct anybody engaging in anti-social behaviour to leave the area and not to return for up to 48hrs under Section 34 of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014.
He added: “The order tonight and Saturday will ensure staff have sufficient power to deal with any re-emerging issue. I would encourage the robust use of these powers, but with discretion and common sense applied.
“The city centre will be full of people with no intention of conducting themselves in an antisocial or disorderly manner, so to those people, please be reassured that you can still attend the city centre without fear of being affected by this order.
“It is designed to address the behaviours of a select few only.
“I would also like to thank those businesses that are working with us to address anti-social behaviour at their premises.”