No-go zones for yobs on Bonfire Night

The dispersal zone in Ashton town centre
The dispersal zone in Ashton town centre

YOBS are urged to keep away from Ashton town centre for the next two days in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour over Bonfire Night.

Greater Manchester Police has issued a dispersal zone for around the centre, from Heath Road, at the corner of Turnill Drive, along Ladysmith Avenue, Hilton Street, and Wigan Road at the corner Bryn Street from 5pm on November 4 to 5pm on November 6.

A spokesman said: “Due to an increase in Anti-Social Behaviour over the last two years in the Ashton town centre, we have now put in place this dispersal order for the second week running.

“A police constable or PCSO may give a direction and any person in a public place (within the map outlined) to leave the locality and not to return for the period specified.

“There must be reasonable grounds to suspect that the behaviour of the individual has contributed or is likely to contribute to members of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or the occurrence of crime or disorder.

“The person given the direction can be required to hand over items causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public. This could be any item, but could include alcohol, fireworks or spray paint, or music player.

“It is an offence for the person NOT to hand over the item if asked to do so.

“It is also an offence to fail to adhere to a direction to leave.

“At present there is no dispersal order in place on the Heath for Bonfire Night. We are monitoring all incidents in the Ashton area, and if deemed necessary an Inspector can authorise a dispersal order with immediate effect. There will be a police presence on the Heath throughout Bonfire Night should anyone need our assistance.”

If anyone sees anti-social behaviour in this area call 101. In an emergency use 999.