Colchester dispersal order targeting car park anti-social behaviour
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Colchester town centre’s policing is being tightened after reports of anti-social behaviour in a multi-storey car park.
A dispersal order - which grants police and PCSOs greater powers to stop groups of people gathering - is in place in Colchester from 6pm, February 19, to 5.30pm on February 21.
The order covers a particular problem spot for the force, St John’s multi-storey car park, on Southway.
The dispersal order provides an officer or a PCSO with the power to issue a direction for an individual or group to leave a specified area - if they have committed or are likely to commit anti-social behaviour.
If they return within 48 hours of this warning, they may be arrested.
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Inspector Rob Temme, of Colchester’s Community Policing Team, said: “We have received reports of anti-social behaviour regarding people who may frequent the car park of an evening.
“As the car park is open for 24 hours, it is easily accessible and can be a place where anti-social behaviour occurs.”
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Starting from the north, the border of the dispersal order covers St John’s Street, around to Abbeygate Street, around to Southway to the south and stretching to Chapel Street North.