Dispersal Order in central Bangor

15/06/2012

The Gwynedd Community Safety Partnership is working to improve the lives of the local community and visitors to the city by issuing a Dispersal Order to tackle anti-social behaviour.

 

From 6.00am on Monday 18th June, a Dispersal Order will come into effect covering central Bangor and specifically the town centre including the streets of Glynne Road, Friars Avenue, Mount Street, Maes y Dre, Dean Street, Brick Street, James Street, Well Street, Ashley Road, Ffordd Gwynedd, Tan y Fynwent, Glan yr Afon, Glan yr Afon Hill, Lower Penrallt Road, Penrallt Road, Deiniol Street and The Crescent and include parts of High Street, Love Lane, Deiniol Road, Holyhead Road, College Road, Ffordd Islwyn and Orme Road as shown on the attached map and includes all parks and public areas.

 

The dispersal order will remain in place for six months in a bid to help tackle anti-social behaviour such as groups congregating to drink at the locations at all hours of the day or displaying any sort of behaviour or conduct likely to result, in a member of the public being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.  Concerns about anti-social behaviour and groups congregating to drink in the area have been a source of complaints.

 

This is the first time a dispersal order has been used in Bangor and speaking on behalf of North Wales Police and Gwynedd County Council local Inspector Simon Barrasford said: “Dispersal Orders have proved an effective weapon against anti social behaviour in other parts of the force and can demonstrate how partnership working can be most effective.  Many people are working very hard to improve and regenerate the city centre as well as just wanting to enjoy their daily lives without being intimidated or harassed and I have no doubt dispersal orders areas will assist in that endeavour”

 

He added: "Drinking in public has an adverse effect not only on visitors' perception but also on the quality of life of residents. Working closely with our partners in the local authorities I'm confident that we can have a positive impact on the area."

 

Both police and the local authority believe that the presence or bad behaviour of two or more individuals has resulted in members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed which has caused persistent problems.

The orders give Police Officers, (including PCSOs)  the power to order groups of two or more who congregate in the vicinities outlined to leave the area. It also permits officers to order groups who do not live in the area to leave and not return.

 

Youngsters under the age of 16 must not be in the vicinity between 9pm and 6am unless they are in the effective control of a parent or responsible adult aged 18 or over.

 

Failure to comply could lead to up to three months imprisonment and / or a fine of up to £2500.

Catherine Roberts, Senior Community Safety Officer said: "The use of a Dispersal Order within Gwynedd is likely to be an effective means of reducing anti-social behaviour. Simply by introducing such orders is not in itself the solution as there is a great deal of hard work involved in making these orders effective, and we are fortunate to have a very good working relationship with our colleagues in North Wales Police, when dealing with such issues. Of course it does not stop there, the support of the Community is essential so that any improvements are maintained in the longer term.”

 

The Gwynedd Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is a statutory, multi agency partnership that brings together a number of agencies including Gwynedd Council, North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Probation Wales, The Police Authority, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and a host of other voluntary and statutory agencies with the aim of making Gwynedd a safer place to live, work and visit.

 

Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour should contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

 

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