A dispersal order aimed at stopping anti-social behaviour in Ilkeston starts tonight.

The order covers the majority of the town centre and includes Victoria Park, Rutland recreation ground and Pewit golf course.

It started at 4pm today and runs until Sunday evening, and is a result of numerous reports of anti-social behaviour by groups of youths.

The dispersal order allows police to disperse people from the stated areas, and, if they are involved in instances of anti-social behaviour, take anyone under 16 back to their home.

A dispersal order can only be authorised for a maximum period of 48 hours but at the point of expiry, an assessment can be carried out and a further period of up to 48 hours can be authorised if necessary.

Inspector Ed Browne, who leads policing in the area, said: “Over the last few weekends, we’ve received reports of large groups of youths behaving in an anti-social way, in particular at Rutland park but also on streets around the town.

“The impact this can have on people living in Ilkeston is huge and having this dispersal order in place gives us the powers to tackle it more robustly.”

Anyone wishing to report anti-social behaviour can do so be using the following methods:

• Website – We have crime reporting tools on our website: use our online contact form
• Facebook – send us private message to the Derbyshire Constabulary Facebook page
• Twitter – direct message our contact centre via @DerPolContact
• Phone – call us on 101

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity CrimeStoppers, on 0800 555 111, or by visiting the CrimeStoppers website.

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