Police together with the Safer Peterborough Partnership have issued a dispersal order for Werrington Centre to combat anti-social behaviour (ASB) and criminal damage.
The order came into effect at 7pm on Friday May 23rd and will last for four months.
It gives any police officer or PCSO the right to order any group of people to leave the area, for a period of up to 24 hours, if they believe their presence will cause intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public.
Notices reflecting this will be displayed in the local area along with a map indicating where the power may be used. Failure to comply is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution.
This order does not prevent groups of people gathering in an orderly, well behaved way. The point of the order is to stop the anti-social and criminal behaviour of a few people in what is otherwise a community area.
In recent months there have been numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area particularly outside the entrance to Tesco and in the nearby skate park.
Sergeant Jeremey Tinsley said: "During the last 12 months the issues have become greater. Tesco bosses are trying to encourage life back into the unoccupied units within the centre but the current issues are deterring any new businesses from moving in.
"The continuing presence of a particular group of youths continues to hamper the daily lives of people who work in the area or wish to shop there.
"There is also a group of young people who would like to legitimately use the skate park, but are reticent to do so because of the intimidation from others."
The force's award-winning Get Closer campaign focuses on tackling ASB this month (May) and a number of tactics have been put in place to raise the profile of the issues within Cambridgeshire and to encourage members of the public to report incidents.
Sergeant Tinsley added: "We take anti-social behaviour very seriously as it can have a detrimental effect on individuals' lives and impact the wider community.
"I would encourage anyone who sees someone acting in an anti-social manner to call us on 101 to make a report - we want our county to be a safe place for people to visit, live and work in and putting a stop to ASB is a priority."
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