29 May 2009
Caerphilly County Borough Council and Gwent Police are working together to target anti-social behaviour in Ty-Sign, Risca.
The council has approved a police request to introduce a Dispersal Notice, which will come into effect in the area next week. The order will run for eight weeks from Monday 1st June 2009.
A Dispersal Notice allows police officers and police community support officers to disperse groups of two or more people if they have reasonable grounds for believing any members of the public are being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed as a result of their behaviour. The individuals can be directed to leave the area for up to 24 hours.
To remain or return to this area having been told to leave is an offence punishable by up to three months imprisonment and / or a fine not exceeding £2500.
The Notice also empowers officers to return young people under the age of 16 who are unsupervised in the area between the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00am to their home addresses.
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "Caerphilly County Borough Council will work closely with our colleagues at Gwent Police with the implementation of this Dispersal Notice to address problems of anti social behaviour by a small minority in Ty Sign, which are affecting the quality of life of local residents."
Risca East Ward Officer, PC Simon Pugh, said: "Anti-social behaviour along Elm Drive in Ty-Sign is currently a PACT priority, and this new dispersal notice will provide us with additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and disorder. We have already held a number of operations locally, and have undertaken various initiatives with young people and partners in the area to try and divert them into more positive activities. We will be enforcing the dispersal notice over the next eight weeks, to target the minority of people who are causing this type of behaviour."
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