Dispersal powers have been granted to officers policing this year’s Ashby Statutes.
The powers will allow officers policing the event – which runs from Friday 13 September to Tuesday 17 September – to tackle any reports of antisocial behaviour.
Officers can move on anyone aged 10 and above who is causing a nuisance or committing a crime under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
A Section 35 dispersal order will be in place from 7pm on Friday 13 September until 7pm on Sunday 15 September and is a proactive and preventative way of dispersing people likely to commit crime or disorder – or behave in an antisocial manner.
The parameters for the order are:
• North Street • The Green • Elford Street • South Street • Station Road • Market Street • Derby Road • Bath Street • Brook Street • Hood Park • Bath Grounds
The order also covers the inner perimeters of Ashby.
Inspector Rich Jackson, Commander for the North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA), said: “The dispersal order means that officers will be able to deal with antisocial behaviour or crime both once incidents have occurred but also when they are likely to.
“The order means that children aged under 16 can be taken to their home address or a place of safety, while anyone moved on under the powers can be prohibited from going back to that area for a certain period of time.
“If you refuse to comply with an order to leave, you will be committing an offence and could be arrested.”
Reports of antisocial behaviour can be made by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/asb/af/antisocial-behaviour/