Police powers to tackle disorder

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New measures to tackle vandalism and disorder in an area of Spalding branded a “magnet” for trouble come into force tomorrow.

Powers for police to ban groups suspected of anti-social behaviour from an area including The Vista, Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens, St Nicolas Church Hall and St Mary and St Nicolas Church for up to 24 hours will run for the next nine weeks.

The Dispersal Order powers to be enforced by police, with the agreement of South Holland District Council, have been brought in because of a spate of incidents where windows have been smashed and people intimidated by gangs of people hanging around the area.

Also among the incidents was an attack on three men in The Vista last month which left them with deep cuts to the back, hand and eye.

Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “Recent months have seen an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour, so it is important that we consider every power avaialble to us to address the issue.

“Although the power we will be using is called a Dispersal Order, the aim is to make sure the public space of Ayscoughfee is available for all who want to use it responsibly and considerately.”

Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: “I am pleased to support thie police initiative which is intended to address the problems in and around the Ayscoughfee and Vista areas.”