Police crackdown on Upwell troublemakers

Police are launching a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Upwell.From Thursday, officers will be using a newly-granted dispersal order to target criminal damage and theft in the centre of the village.

Police are launching a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Upwell.

From Thursday, officers will be using a newly-granted dispersal order to target criminal damage and theft in the centre of the village.

It gives police and PCSOs greater powers to deal with groups of people who harass, intimidate or cause a general nuisance to others.

Officers can move on groups of two or more people when they have reasonable grounds to believe that their behaviour could alarm, harass or intimidate the public. Those who refuse can be arrested.

Warning notices are being placed in the area around the village hall and the bowling club, Townley Close, and The Russetts.

Insp Mick Bates, of Downham Market police, Police Station said: “Problems of anti-social behaviour in the village are taken seriously and this is a measure which will help us deal with those responsible both positively and promptly.

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“Young people who wish to come to the playing fields to behave peacefully and properly should be encouraged by this dispersal order because it should discourage and prevent the unruly and disruptive small minority from causing problems for everyone.

“The dispersal order will be regularly monitored and could be concluded earlier than the 6 months planned if things quieten down and the order is no longer necessary.”

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