20th Mar, 2019

Extra patrols and dispersal orders in place to tackle weekend revellers

Worcester Editorial 19th Dec, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

AN ORDER designed to prevent anti-social behaviour from Christmas revellers will be put in place across the city centre this weekend.

Police have set the dispersal notice, under section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, to help keep people safe tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

It will be implicated throughout The Cross, which includes Angel Street and Angel Place, as the area has been identified as a problem location for anti-social and drunken actions.

The order gives officers the power to ask people to leave the area and will mean congregation cannot take place on one of the busiest nights of the year.

This will form part of the Christmas Presence Operation, which will see extra police on the streets during this weekend throughout the West Mercia region.

Supt Kevin Purcell said: “This weekend looks set to be one of the busiest of the year for pubs and clubs in the city.

“Our main priority this weekend is to keep people safe and ensure as many people as possible enjoy their festive night out.

“However, we are sending out a very clear message that people intent on getting involved in trouble this weekend will not be welcome in Worcester. We will deal swiftly and decisively with anyone who does.

“We have identified The Cross area of the city as being a hot-spot for disorder and this is why we have taken the decision to put this dispersal order in place.

“People are more than welcome to use the pubs, clubs and food outlets in the area. However, once they leave these premises we will politely ask them to move on quickly.”Dis

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