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Dispersal order for problem park

Derby Arboretum
The park has a long-running problem with anti-social behaviour

Extra powers to move on groups causing problems in a Derby park have been granted to police.

The action follows complaints from residents near Arboretum Park about drinking and nuisance behaviour.

A Section 30 dispersal order has been made around the park and surrounding streets, and will run for six months.

The order will allow officers to move on groups if they suspect possible disorder or harassment. Anyone who fails to comply may be arrested.

Insp Nick Gamblin said that despite increased patrols, more action was needed.

"Groups of individuals who use the park and its adjacent streets to drink alcohol have been a drain on policing resources and have created a fear of crime within local residents and visitors to the area.

"We are determined to tackle this issue and the new order will help our officers make the area a safer, more pleasant place to live."

He added officers had also worked with local off-licences to stop the sale of alcohol to underage people and street drinkers.



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