Police use special measures to crack down on nuisance gangs

Police seek special measures to crack down on nuisance gangs

Police seek special measures to crack down on nuisance gangs

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POLICE are to bring in powers to crack down on nuisance gangs after concerns were raised by neighbours.

Following the introduction of a section 30 dispersal order in the town centre which is currently in place, police will use the same legislation in the Chandlers Way area of Sutton Manor.

The order will last six months from Monday, July 21 and will cover the area including Jubits Lane, Forest Road, Delamere Avenue and the boundary fence of King George V playing fields. Chandlers Way is also included in the dispersal zone.

The order gives police the powers break up gangs of more than two people if they feel they are causing trouble and not to return within 24 hours.

Anyone who ignores the order may be arrested and anyone under 16 will be taken home.

Leaflets including further details about the order will be distributed throughout the area and in local schools.

Neighbourhood Inspector for St Helens South Elaine Collins said: "We have listened to the concerns raised by the local community and businesses and are taking positive action to address anti-social behaviour.

"Dispersal orders are designed to target the minority of people who think they are above the law and are intent on harassing and causing problems for decent, hardworking people and businesses.

"They are not aimed at the vast majority of the local community who will still be free to meet in groups in the Sutton Manor area.

"This order is part of a range of measures we and our partners are taking to tackle the problems caused by anti-social behaviour in St Helens and should make a real contribution towards making the area a safer place to live and work."

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1:11pm Mon 14 Jul 14

jumperr says...

It seems that the authorities, have areas they don't tackle,they are not doing any harm sprawled all over the street can't get past , terrible how they treat some areas different too others
It seems that the authorities, have areas they don't tackle,they are not doing any harm sprawled all over the street can't get past , terrible how they treat some areas different too others jumperr
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

sintellins1980 says...

Any youth under the age of 18 should be taken home and their parents should be fined or prosecuted. This may discourage irresponsible parents from just turning a blind eye to their children's bad behaviour. Bad parenting is probably the main cause for these kids causing trouble..!
Any youth under the age of 18 should be taken home and their parents should be fined or prosecuted. This may discourage irresponsible parents from just turning a blind eye to their children's bad behaviour. Bad parenting is probably the main cause for these kids causing trouble..! sintellins1980
  • Score: 8

6:52pm Mon 14 Jul 14

lawman2004 says...

We need Youth curfews in this Country instead of tinkering around the edges. Under 16, then not on the streets after 9pm.
We need Youth curfews in this Country instead of tinkering around the edges. Under 16, then not on the streets after 9pm. lawman2004
  • Score: 8

9:28am Tue 15 Jul 14

jumperr says...

To be honest by 9pm and the damage is done, hanging about a street is the problem from school or just leaving when you get a gang it is always going too happen, we've not had any action for at least the last 40 yrs never see the police then and don't see them now around neighbourhoods
To be honest by 9pm and the damage is done, hanging about a street is the problem from school or just leaving when you get a gang it is always going too happen, we've not had any action for at least the last 40 yrs never see the police then and don't see them now around neighbourhoods jumperr
  • Score: 2

10:14am Tue 15 Jul 14

mikeashworth says...

youth curfews, conscription, seen but not heard, get 'em up the chimneys from a young age.....

Ther eality is that the section 30 order for town centre hasnt really been used much but provides an extra tool for police to use should it be needed.

every now and again i see the police drive down church street, not sure if they're working or just taking a short cut to grab lunch....
youth curfews, conscription, seen but not heard, get 'em up the chimneys from a young age..... Ther eality is that the section 30 order for town centre hasnt really been used much but provides an extra tool for police to use should it be needed. every now and again i see the police drive down church street, not sure if they're working or just taking a short cut to grab lunch.... mikeashworth
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

jumperr says...

There's always been a dispersal law in another name if there is disorder are unacceptable behaviour just nobody bothered to do anything
There's always been a dispersal law in another name if there is disorder are unacceptable behaviour just nobody bothered to do anything jumperr
  • Score: 3

7:21pm Tue 15 Jul 14

anthonywilson says...

Expect to see these powers used more and more once three of the youth centres in St Helens close down. Makes me laugh thinking that anything more than two people is considered big enough to be classed as "a gang"
Expect to see these powers used more and more once three of the youth centres in St Helens close down. Makes me laugh thinking that anything more than two people is considered big enough to be classed as "a gang" anthonywilson
  • Score: 3

4:51pm Wed 16 Jul 14

frankly says...

HEARD IT ALL BEFORE
HEARD IT ALL BEFORE frankly
  • Score: 2

7:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

kjd161 says...

frankly wrote:
HEARD IT ALL BEFORE
Aye. For donkey's years. But, as anthonywilson says, closing 3 more youth clubs ain't gonna help. The old saying, the devil makes work for idle hands is as true as the day some clever person coined it.
[quote][p][bold]frankly[/bold] wrote: HEARD IT ALL BEFORE[/p][/quote]Aye. For donkey's years. But, as anthonywilson says, closing 3 more youth clubs ain't gonna help. The old saying, the devil makes work for idle hands is as true as the day some clever person coined it. kjd161
  • Score: 0

9:29pm Wed 16 Jul 14

jumperr says...

It would be a good idea for them to define nuisance,because different versions of the same word depending where you live,
It would be a good idea for them to define nuisance,because different versions of the same word depending where you live, jumperr
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Just stand outside the YMCA or walk down College street or clock dealers on bikes to which the police are oblivious to. And the station is next door to the problem.!!!
They have more serious motorist offenders to deal with? Another viewing platform are these who laugh at fines who are outside the Courts. Go and see for yourselves if you don't believe me. Their next port of call is the benefits office at the Job Centre College Street with a myriad of excuses why they can't get a job.
Just stand outside the YMCA or walk down College street or clock dealers on bikes to which the police are oblivious to. And the station is next door to the problem.!!! They have more serious motorist offenders to deal with? Another viewing platform are these who laugh at fines who are outside the Courts. Go and see for yourselves if you don't believe me. Their next port of call is the benefits office at the Job Centre College Street with a myriad of excuses why they can't get a job. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 1

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