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Local troublemakers to be moved on
Monday 12th August, 2013

Troublemakers in Norley Hall will be moved on thanks to new police powers.

Working together, Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Council have been granted a Section 30 Dispersal Order covering the Norley Hall Precinct area following numerous complaints of anti-social behaviour.

The six-month Section 30 Dispersal order came into force at the beginning of last week (Monday 5 August).

The order gives officers new powers including instructing people to “immediately leave an area.” If two or more individuals gather in an area and act in a way that is likely to intimidate or cause harassment, alarm or distress, they can be moved on.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for safer environments at Wigan Council, said: “People have the right to feel safe in their own homes and communities. Nobody should feel too afraid to walk down the street or pop to their local shop for fear of being threatened or intimidated. These new powers will protect those people who feel vulnerable, creating a safer and happier community.”

Superintendent Andrea Jones from Greater Manchester Police, said: “We will continue to work with our partners and the local community to drive down crime and reduce anti-social behaviour.

“I want the communities of Wigan to feel safe. It is not right that a minority number of individuals intimidate local residents to such an extent that it restricts them from going about their daily business.

“We will take positive action against those individuals that breach this order.”

To report anti-social behaviour in your area please contact Greater Manchester Police on 101.

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