A dispersal order granted to police in Cheltenham in an attempt to curb anti-social behaviour has come into force.
The order gives police the authority to break up and move on large groups officers believe have the potential to cause trouble in the town centre.
A Cheltenham Borough Council spokesman said: "It is a small minority of people spoiling it for everyone."
The order was granted last week by magistrates and runs until 22 November next year.
The council claims similar orders have been successful in other areas of the borough.