A NUMBER of teenagers were arrested during a crackdown on anti-social behaviour across Southport town centre at the weekend.
As part of the weekend’s Dispersal Order, continued patrols in the town centre and seafront areas focussed on anti-social behaviour and other reported incidents.
This was the second recent weekend-long dispersal order aimed at targeting Southport town centre yobs, after another was held from August 27-29.
The order ran from 7pm on Friday, September 3 until 6.59pm on Sunday, September 5 and included Marine Drive, Esplanade, Promenade, Coronation Walk, Portland Street, Talbot Street, Eastbank Street, Virginia Street, Southport Railway Station, Hall Street, Hawkshead Street, Queens Road, Park Road, Park Road West, Promenade and Fairway.
Community Policing Inspector Graham Fisher said: “This weekend's Dispersal Zone is one of many powers we can use, and unfortunately recent incidents mean it has been required.
“We understand and share the concern of the local community about recent incidents, and while it's pleasing to see arrests being made, we understand the impact this has on those who live, work and visit the area.
“Our town centre and seafront should be safe spaces for everyone to visit, not for threats and anti-social behaviour like we have been seeing in recent weeks.
“Our officers will be visible in the Southport area to disperse any groups causing issues, and to provide reassurance to the vast majority of law-abiding people in the community.
“Such action isn’t about bothering anyone going about their daily business, or preventing young people from meeting with friends. It’s simply about taking action to stop reckless acts of anti-social behaviour committed by a minority of people to make sure that everyone can feel safe where they live.
“I'd also ask the parents of guardians of our young people know where they are and ensure they are not involved in a such incidents.
“When appropriate, we will speak with parents and guardians if we suspect that young people in their care are involved, but we need to work together to prevent such incidents happening.
“Rest assured, you can pass any information about anti-social behaviour in your community to us and we will take action, including any images, dashcam, CCTV, doorbell footage or any details, which could be key in solving investigations.”
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