POLICE have issued a dispersal order in an area of Wigan over the weekend after a spate of antisocial behaviour incidents in recent weeks.
Officers were called to Orrell again last night for problems with local youths.
As a result, a dispersal order has now been implemented for the area with the reach extended to encompass Sefton Road after a number of incidents in that area.
It also includes routes to Orrell Water Park on Lodge Road, Winstanley Road, Church Street, Church Drive and Sefton Road between times 6pm tonight (Friday) and Sunday at 3am.
This means that a police officers or PCSOs may order any person in a public place 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 in the specified locality (map) being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or
• The occurrence in the locality (map) of crime or disorder
And that by giving a direction to a person is necessary for the purpose or removing or reducing the likelihood of the above.
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 a music player.
A post on GMP Wigan West’s Facebook page said: “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.
“Please call us if you see any Anti-social behaviour in this area using 101. In an emergency always use 999.
“We are working within partnership with Wigan Council. Any youths found in the locality of the map will be taken and passed to Wigan Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and enforcement action will be taken if deemed necessary.”