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Dispersal order for Mill Road in Cambridge to stop aggressive begging, fights and people sleeping on pavements



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A dispersal order has been put in place for Mill Road in Cambridge to stop aggressive begging and people “sleeping in the middle of pavements”.

Cambridgeshire police say it is necessary because there has been a recent increase in anti-social behaviour, which has led to fights breaking out.

Some individuals have been disrupting local businesses by entering premises while under the influence of alcohol, according to the force.

PC Adam Price, from the city east neighbourhood policing team, said: “Over the past month we’ve seen an increase in persistent and aggressive begging within the area. There has been increased littering and, on some occasions, fights have broken out between some individuals.

“The behaviour is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of residents, visitors and business owners in the area. The dispersal order gives us the power to make those causing the anti-social behaviour leave the area with immediate effect and not to return within a specified period.”

The order runs from 8am today (Thursday June 18) until 8am on Saturday (June 20) and covers Mill Road bordered by Collier Road, St Philip’s Road, Seymour Street, Brooks Road, Marmora Road, Argyle Street, the Tennison Road junction with Felton Street, Cross Street, Gonville Place and East Road.

The order was granted under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

It allows for police community support officers (PCSOs) and police officers to direct a person to leave the area specified if they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that their behaviour has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public. If an individual fails to comply, they can be arrested.

Traders in Mill Road have also been voicing concern this week about traffic plans to close Mill Road bridge to all but buses and bikes. Work will start on Wednesday.

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