Merseyside Police

09/19/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/19/2017 03:23

Dispersal zones and Section 60 in L8

Officers in the Liverpool 8 area are continuing to tackle anti-social behaviour and disorder with the introduction of another dispersal zone this evening.

The zone will be in operation from 6pm to 11.59pm Monday 18 September until Tuesday, 19 September.

The dispersal zone includes both sides of and including Hill Street, Upper Hill Street, Across to Carter Street, including Carter Street, Arnold Street and Pomfret Street across to Princes Avenue, to Devonshire Road, Admiral Street, Harlow Street, Grafton Street and back to Hill Street.

The order comes under the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014 which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to leave the area for up to 48 hours.

If a person has been directed to leave the area and returns during the period of the dispersal notice, an offence will have been committed.

Any breaches of this can lead to their arrest.

A Section 60 Order (Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994) will also be in place in the Toxteth area tonight (Monday 18 September 2017) following increasing tensions in the area.

The order, which has been authorised by a senior police officer, means between 5pm and 11.59pm today officers can search people for offensive weapons.

The order will cover the area bounded by Park Road, Park, Place, St James Place, Upper Parliament Street, Lodge Lane, Sefton Park Road, Ullet Road, Park Road including both sides of these roads.

Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Stewart said: 'This dispersal zone is being put in place to tackle incidents of youth disorder and antisocial behaviour in and around the Liverpool 8 area, and will continue on Tuesday for the same purpose.

'This order is not about bothering people, young or old, who are going about their legitimate daily business in the Liverpool 8 area. However, we recognise the impact this type of behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and will be targeting people involved in this type of antisocial behaviour and criminality.

'The dispersal zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I would urge anyone in the area who has any information about criminal activity contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'