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Order to tackle unruly behaviour

Police have been given extra powers to stop groups of youths causing trouble in a Nottinghamshire town.

A dispersal order has been set up to tackle anti-social behaviour around the Rosemary Centre in Mansfield.

Police can now move on groups of two or more people from 20 streets around the area. Officers can also return the under 16s to their homes.

The move follows residents' complaints about street drinking, fighting and abusive behaviour in the area.

Anyone who does not comply with the order risks being arrested and could face a six-month prison sentence or a £5,000 fine.

District councillor Danny McCrossan said: "This particular area of the town centre has been a black-spot for anti-social behaviour for some time and I am pleased that the police will now be in a much stronger position to deal with the perpetrators.

"The actions of a few were having a terrible impact on law-abiding members of the public and retailers."



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