Dispersal order for Wisbech town centre

Police believe a dispersal order will enable them to tackle anti-social behaviour in Wisbech town centre.

Police believe a dispersal order will enable them to tackle anti-social behaviour in Wisbech town centre.

The order, which was sought by police and Fenland District Council, is aimed at stopping groups hanging around and acting anti-socially. The action follows complaints from businesses and visitors about some youths in the area behaving anti-socially in and around the town centre.

Sgt Dave Bax said: "I hope that this dispersal order will send out a clear message to those who participate in anti-social acts that we will not tolerate this behaviour.

"Everyone who lives in, works in or visits, the town centre has the right to do so without fear of harassment or intimidation."

The order means officers can ask anyone causing, or thought likely to cause, intimidation or harassment to leave the area or face arrest.

The order will cover an area including the Market Place, right down to Alexandra Road and also from Lynn Road and the Nene Quay.

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Sgt Bax added: "If people ignore the order they will be arrested. This order is part of ongoing work to combat anti-social behaviour in the town."

Anti-social behaviour was also identified as a key priority for residents at the town's neighbourhood-panel meeting.

Sgt Bax added: "Residents are concerned about anti-social behaviour and have decided with police that this should be an area officers focus on. We take anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and will not stop in our efforts to allow people to enjoy the town centre and the surrounding areas."

Officers will put up posters and distribute leaflets in the town centre about the order, which comes into force on Friday.