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Police are given dispersal order

Police have been granted a dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour among young people in north-east Leeds.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police can order people to leave a designated area of Gipton for 24 hours if they believe they are causing trouble.

Anyone breaching the dispersal order faces up to three months in prison or a £5,000 fine.

The order also bans under 16s from entering certain public spaces within the zone between 2100 GMT and 0600 GMT.

The dispersal order covers a number of estates and surrounding areas in Gipton.

Insp Nik Adams of the Gipton and Harehills neighbourhood policing team said police had applied for the order after recent reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

"This type of legislation allows us to actively target and remove potential troublemakers from the area quickly and effectively.

"Members of the public, local businesses and visitors to the area have the right to enjoy this part of Leeds without being unduly affected or intimidated by groups of young people. "

The order runs until 16 January.

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