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Community welcomes news of extension of powers to combat rowdy behaviour
Friday 30th November, 2012

Residents of a community blighted by persistent anti-social behaviour have welcomed news of an extension to measures designed to discourage groups from congregating and causing a nuisance in their neighbourhood.

Following joint action by Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Council, an extension on the Section 30 Dispersal Zone is being rolled out on the estate in Norley Hall.

Expected to last for six months, the Dispersal Zone is part of a wider boroughwide strategy aimed at dealing robustly with the perpetrators of anti-social behaviour and criminal disorder.

Supt Andrea Jones of Greater Manchester Police, Wigan Division, says: "Police will not necessarily disperse groups in this area just for being in a group, and we recognise that not all groups are causing a nuisance. This is not an exclusion zone or curfew area but it is designed to make the area a more pleasant, safer place for everyone."

As part of these measures, any time after 9.00pm and before 6.00am teenagers below the age of 16 and not under the control of a parent or responsible person over the age of 18 may also be taken home or to an alternative place of safety.

Supt Jones adds: “We want to make it clear that we are not demonising young people, who are often unfairly stigmatised. We intend to use these powers to target all perpetrators of unacceptable behaviour, especially that which is alcohol-fuelled.”

To remain or return to the area having been told to leave may be an offence under Section 30(4) of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, punishable by 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine up to £2,500.

Cllr Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council's cabinet champion for the Environment and Communities says: "Vulnerable residents can feel intimidated in the communities where they’ve lived all their lives, and this is totally unacceptable.

"Agencies will not stand by and allow rowdy groups to create unofficial ‘no go zones’ where decent law-abiding residents are afraid to venture. This joint action sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate harassment or intimidation in any form."

As part of these measures, any time after 9.00pm and before 6.00am teenagers below the age of 16 and not under the control of a parent or responsible person over the age of 18 may also be taken home or to an alternative place of safety.

To remain or return to the area having been told to leave may be an offence under Section 30(4) of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, punishable by 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine up to £2,500.

Details in regards to the Dispersal Zones, which begins at 4:00pm on 30th November 2012 and ends at 3:59pm on 31st May 2013, will be posted in locations where the zones begin, together with guidance about what it means to residents and members of the public.

The Dispersal Zone in Norley Hall covers an area which includes Norley Hall shops and the rear of the shops, Norley Hall Ave, The Green, Lamberhead Road, Montrose Avenue, Somerset Road, Richmond Hill, Fleet Street, City Road, Saddleback Road and Saddleback Cresent. All land locked within the perimeter of the streets is also part of the Section 30.

For further details in regards to the Section 30 Dispersal Zone please contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 0161 856 7188 or emailing pemberton.apt@gmp.police.uk

To report non-emergency incidents or to report a crime call 101. Only call 999 in an emergency where there is a threat to life or a crime in progress.
To report incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area, contact Wigan Council’s ASB helpline: 01942 404364.


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