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Dispersal order to prevent anti-social behaviour in Cambridge

A dispersal order has been put in place in Cambridge from 3pm today (Tuesday, September 7) to tackle ongoing anti-social behaviour.

The area covered by the dispersal order to prevent anti-social behaviour in Cambridge (50991000)
The area covered by the dispersal order to prevent anti-social behaviour in Cambridge (50991000)

The measure has been taken by the local neighbourhood policing team in response to anti-social behaviour, including violence, street drinking and drug dealing.

The order will be in place until 10pm tomorrow (Wednesday, September 8) and covers the area of St Andrew’s Street through to the end of Bridge Street.

Cambridge City Inspector Ed McNeill said: “With footfall increased to pre-pandemic levels we want to reduce the risk of crime and disorder.

“The order, which is a temporary measure, enables us to move people on from an area where we suspect their behaviour is or has recently been anti-social or violent.

“We’re also working with partners including Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Business Against Crime to ensure all those working in or visiting the city centre can go about their daily lives without fear of anti-social behaviour or disorder.”

The order has been granted under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and allows for Police Community Support Officers and police officers to direct a person to leave the area within the order 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. Failure to comply with the order can result in arrest.

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