Three-month dispersal order for Worthing town centre will tackle anti-social behaviour of street drinkers.

Dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour of street drinkers

Dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour of street drinkers

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A dispersal order has been placed on Worthing town centre to tackle anti-social behaviour from street drinkers.

The three-month order, known as a section 30 order, was agreed on by Sussex Police and Worthing Borough Council. It came into effect on Saturday June 1 and will continue until August 31.

Police officers and police community support officers can now tell groups of two or more people who are causing significant and persistent anti-social behaviour to leave the area and not return for up to 24 hours.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said that the order is not designed to create an exclusion zone or a curfew area, but is intended to make the area more pleasant for visitors and those who live or work there.

She added that police will not necessarily disperse people in the area just because they are in a group and that the order is aimed at giving police additional powers to deal more effectively with groups who decide to cause problems.

PC Marv Lucas, of Worthing's Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This dispersal zone will help us to combat anti-social behaviour which is primarily caused by the street drinking community in the town centre.

"This order will help the immediate problems their anti-social behaviour can cause but we are looking at the longer term help we can give these people alongside our partners at the council, Crime Reduction Initiative and Worthing Churches Homeless Project.

"We are introducing this zone for the residents and businesses who have been affected by the street drinkers who cause some anti-social behaviour in the Liverpool Gardens and Montague Street area."

Officers who work in the town will join representatives from other agencies at an open day on June 11 from 11am to 1pm at Liverpool Gardens to offer support and advice to the street community.

John Mitchell, director for communities at Adur and Worthing Councils, said: "We will continue to support a variety of measures to reduce the impact of the behaviour of this small group of individuals which includes both enforcement and assistance where appropriate."

A video with PC Lucas and Worthing Town Centre Initiative manager Sharon Clarke talking about the dispersal order is available at:

http://youtu.be/i_Xyrdh4kHw

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3:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

Very different from Brighton where street drinking and drug taking are encouraged by the council although not by very many residents.
Very different from Brighton where street drinking and drug taking are encouraged by the council although not by very many residents. NickBrt
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5:08pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

A Section 30 order has nothing whatever to do with street drinking- it is a broad ranging "Big Brother" power to enable the Police to order groups of 2 or more people to disperse. Whether it is used sensibly is another matter.

I believe that there is already legislation in force in Worthing to prevent street drinking. If there isn't it must be the only town between Southampton and Brighton (including Rustington, of all places) which doesn't.
A Section 30 order has nothing whatever to do with street drinking- it is a broad ranging "Big Brother" power to enable the Police to order groups of 2 or more people to disperse. Whether it is used sensibly is another matter. I believe that there is already legislation in force in Worthing to prevent street drinking. If there isn't it must be the only town between Southampton and Brighton (including Rustington, of all places) which doesn't. Goldenwight
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5:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

And I meant to say, moving people on from Montague Street and Liverpool Gardens will only displace the problem elsewhere to the Guildbourne Centre, the Seafront and Victoria Park- any one of which will annoy just as many if not more people.
And I meant to say, moving people on from Montague Street and Liverpool Gardens will only displace the problem elsewhere to the Guildbourne Centre, the Seafront and Victoria Park- any one of which will annoy just as many if not more people. Goldenwight
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