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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 August, 2005, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Dispersal orders 'reducing crime'
A police force is making further use of anti-social behaviour legislation after reporting success in recent years.

Surrey Police and Elmbridge Borough Council are bringing in powers to use Section 30 orders in Hersham, in the north of the county.

They allow the dispersal of groups of under-16s when a uniformed constable has "reasonable grounds" to believe they are persistently causing trouble.

Orders used in 2003/04 in Epsom and Ewell showed good results.

'Positive sides'

They were in force in Ruxley ward, the Pound Lane area and the Town ward.

Surrey Police said that crime and violence were reduced during the period of the orders, while a rise in the detection of crime was seen.

Insp Quinlan said: "We are delighted with these results which show that this particular piece of legislation has assisted us in tackling anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods.

"One of the more surprising and positive sides is more members of the public coming forward to let their Neighbourhood Specialist Officers know what is going on."

The introduction of Section 30 powers in Hersham, between 12 August and 31 October, is in response to "youth disorder and underage drinking" and "an overall rise in anti-social behaviour".

Surrey Police said the move had only been made after thorough research and consultation on problems in the area.


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