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Drug dealing and violence prompt police in Cambridge to impose 48-hour dispersal order in Quayside area




A 48-hour dispersal order covering the Quayide area of Cambridge has been put in place by police to tackle drug-dealing and violence.

The order, which will be in force from 7pm on Friday (May 14) until 7am on Sunday (May 16), has been introduced by the local neighbourhood policing team following anti-social behaviour, including drug and alcohol misuse, drug dealing and violent incidents in the area.

Marked in red, the Quayside area of Cambridge covered by the police dispersal order, running from the evening of May 14, 2021, to the morning of May 16 (47143479)
Marked in red, the Quayside area of Cambridge covered by the police dispersal order, running from the evening of May 14, 2021, to the morning of May 16 (47143479)

The dispersal zone covers the area boarded by Bridge Street, the River Cam on the Jesus Green side, Victoria Avenue, Jesus Green, Lower Park Street, New Park Street and Thompsons Lane.

Cambridge city neighbourhood inspector Ed McNeill said: “We’ve seen an increase in anti-social behaviour since Covid restrictions were eased at the end of March.

“Last weekend alone we had eight calls for service to the area with reports of anti-social behaviour as a result of groups of people drinking, taking drugs and behaving in a disorderly manner.

“The order does not prevent people going to Quayside or within the dispersal zone. It is in place to enable us to disperse those individuals or groups who gather to cause anti-social behaviour, commit crime and disorder.

“We hope the order will provide some respite to local businesses, residents and visitors to the area who are being impacted by the recent behaviour.”

The order has been 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 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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