Another area of Peterborough is to become the subject of an Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 Dispersal Order designed to tackle anti-social and rowdy behaviour.
The dispersal order will come into force for three months at midnight on Friday, February 1st. covering the areas around Century Square and enclosed by Oxford Road, parts of Alexandra Road, parts of Dogsthorpe Road, Green Lane, and parts of Lincoln Road.
Cambridgeshire Police Officers and PCSOs can use the dispersal order powers if there are reasonable grounds for believing the presence or behaviour of two or more people in a public place has resulted, or is likely to result, in members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed.
The group can be told to disperse and leave the location for a specified length of time, but not for more than 24 hours, failing to comply can result in arrests. Between November 2011 and November 2012, there were 185 reported incidents relating to anti-social behaviour in the area.
PC Alan Calver, an officer (Operation CAN-do team), said: "Anti-social behaviour causes misery for local people and has a detrimental effect on businesses, which lose trade.
"My colleagues and I have to deal with anti-social behaviour incidents on a daily basis, including intimidating behaviour, littering, urinating in public, youths loitering in the area on residents' private property, noise, street drinking, and stones being thrown at windows.
"People should be able to use public spaces without feeling threatened by groups of people hanging around.
"It will also help prevent children and vulnerable young people from being on the streets in the evening and having older peers encouraging them into anti-social or criminal activities."
Operation CAN-do aims to improve the quality of life of people living and working in the Gladstone area of Central Ward, Millfield and New England. The operation has support from Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, the National Health Service, Cambridge Fire & Rescue Service and other key organisations and agencies. Each partner organisation has committed dedicated resources to the 10-year operation, which includes a team of nine police officers.
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