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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK
MP calls time on anti-social yobs
Police arrest a yob
Lancashire Police are due to start issuing dispersal orders
A Lancashire MP is meeting senior police officers on Wednesday to discuss ways of tackling anti-social behaviour.

Ben Wallace, Conservative MP for Wyre, is raising the issue after receiving dozens of complaints from residents in Poulton about abusive behaviour.

A spokesperson for Mr Wallace said local people had written to the MP about incidents of vandalism, drug dealing and alcohol abuse.

He added that residents felt the yobs were coming from nearby Blackpool.

Dispersal orders

Lancashire Police are due to begin issuing dispersal orders in Thornton-Cleveleys from Friday.

A dispersal order means police can order people to leave the area and not return for 24 hours.

Anyone under the age of 16 who is causing anti-social behaviour after 2100 BST may be asked to leave the area by police.

If they refuse, they can then be taken home by officers, unless they are in the company of a responsible adult.

Failure to comply with the order could result in arrest and subsequent prosecution.

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