Page last updated at 17:29 GMT, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 18:29 UK

Groups set for summer no-go zones

A dispersal order to run over the summer has been obtained for a Berkshire town after a rise in complaints about nuisance groups.

Wokingham Borough Council and Thames Valley Police will implement the order in Lower Earley over the next six months starting on 14 April.

Under the order, police can make groups of two or more leave the area and not return for 24 hours.

If they refuse or return within this time they may be arrested and charged.

Also, between 2100 BST and 0600 BST, children under the age of 16 will be taken home or to a place of safety if they are not with a parent or adult.

'Firm action'

The order covers the boundaries of Chilcombe Way, Maiden Place, Felixstowe Close, the Events Field, Kilnsea Drive and the area of Kilnsea Drive from the junction of Chilcombe Way to the junction of Felixstowe Close.

The alleyways from Gipsy Lane to Kilnsea Drive and the alleyways between Chilcombe Way and Felixstowe Close are also included.

Pc Gemma Matthews said: "This dispersal order will help us target individuals acting in an anti-social manner and deal with them effectively."

Councillor Rob Stanton, member for community safety, said: "When residents suffer anti-social behaviour such this, firm action is needed and firm action is what is being taken."



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