POLICE have set up a dispersal zone in Newton-le-Willows to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.

A Section 34 Dispersal Zone has been authorised between 6pm today (Friday, October 12) until 6pm on Sunday (October 14).

Police officers or community support officers can order anyone they suspect of the above to leave the area where the dispersal zone applies for a maximum of 48 hours.

If that person refuses to leave the area or returns within the time the dispersal zone is in place, they are in breach of the legislation and an offence will have been committed.

A police officer then has the power to arrest that person.