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A DISPERSAL order to stop anti-social behaviour in Wigan town centre has been extended for another six months.

The extension, which came into effect on Monday 16th December and will run until 16th June 2014, was put in place after Greater Manchester Police reported an increase in calls regarding anti-social behaviour and begging over recent months.

The order gives officers new powers including instructing people to “immediately leave an area.” If two or more individuals gather in an area and act in a way that is likely to intimidate or cause harassment, alarm or distress, they can be moved on. If troublemakers remain or return to this area having been told to leave, they could face up to three months imprisonment and/or a fine up to £2,500.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for safer communities at Wigan Council, said: “It is really important that we keep people safe in the community and make sure no one is put or feels in danger at any time.

“In extending the previous Section 30 Order, Wigan Council can continue working with Greater Manchester Police to tackle anti-social behaviour and begging to improve the town centre.”

The order gives officers new powers including instructing people to “immediately leave an area.” If two or more individuals gather in an area and act in a way that is likely to intimidate or cause harassment, alarm or distress, they can be moved on.

To report anti-social behaviour in your area contact Greater Manchester Police on 101.

 

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