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Dispersal order to tackle gangs

Group of young people
Police can move on groups of people if they suspect possible disorder

Officers have been given special powers to tackle problems with gangs and anti-social behaviour in Derby.

A dispersal order has been set up around the Sinfin, Sinfin Moor and Sunny Hill areas after residents reported nuisance behaviour.

Police now have the power to move on groups of people if they suspect they may cause disorder or harassment.

The order, which has been set up with the help of the Derby Community Safety Partnership, will run for six months.

'Increasing tensions'

Insp Nick Gamblin said: "It is becoming increasingly apparent that groups of individuals are seriously affecting the quality of life of residents in the area.

"More importantly it is recognised that young men are affiliating themselves to territorial gangs and we know that tensions are increasing.

"The police will be enforcing the order and dealing with those who fail to comply with dispersal instructions."

People who ignore the order or who return to an area they have been dispersed from can be arrested.

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