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  Curfews
What does a 'curfew' mean?
How do they work?
Do we need them?

 
Curfew time How do they work?
Curfews can be introduced in areas where the police and the council agree that gangs have been hanging around and starting trouble or threatening people.

If a local council introduces a curfew, then the police have powers to break up groups of kids and take anyone under 16 back to their homes or a safe place.

Local councils can authorise the police to do this using powers from the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act. The powers can last up to six months. After that, councils have to re-apply.


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