Merseyside Police is introducing a Dispersal Zone in the Beechwood estate today, Thursday 5 October, in response to an increase in reports of criminal and anti-social behaviour in the area.
The order runs from today at 12 noon and will last for 48 hours until 12 noon on Saturday 7 October.
Officers will be in the area to provide a high visibility presence and deal with any incidents.
The dispersal zone covers Fender Way including grassed area to the border of the railway line, Fifth Avenue, Broadheath Avenue, Statham Road, St Oswalds Avenue, and back to Fender Way.
The order comes under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people who are engaging in antisocial behaviour or are likely to become involved in such incidents.
These powers will not be used for anyone visiting the area and going about their daily business.
Under the legislation, officers have the power to seize any item used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.
Should a person who has previously been directed to leave the area return, an offence would be committed, which they may ultimately be arrested for.
Wirral Neighbourhood Inspector Dan Greenhalgh said, “We have proactively put this dispersal zone in place as result of an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area. This includes an incident yesterday where a group of youths set off fireworks in a dangerous manner on Fifth Avenue which is not acceptable behaviour. We have arrested a youth on suspicion of criminal damage this morning.
“The dispersal zone gives officers in the area extra powers to approach people they suspect may be there to commit anti-social behaviour or other crimes.
“There will also be a highly visible police presence to deal with any issues and provide reassurance to people on the estate so that they are not subjected to any such behaviour and can go about their daily business safely.
“In addition, we are working with key organisations in the community to ensure that everyone on the estate support our actions.
“I would ask people to continue reporting any concerns and we will take action.
“I also urge parents and guardians to know where children in your care are and what they are up to, as this will further assist us in dealing with those who cause trouble.
“If you witness any anti-social behaviour or have any information about such incidents, please contact or speak to our officers and we will take action.”
Always call 999 if a crime is in progress. You can pass any information on anti-social behaviour via the Merseyside Police social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook.
You can also contact the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information
You can also follow @MerPolWirral on Twitter and Facebook for updates and advice.
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