POLICE in Basildon have been granted a dispersal order under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, beginning at 6pm on Friday February 17.
Lasting for 48 hours, powers under the act allow police officers and designated police community support officers to deal with people engaging in anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder.
It can be used for issues taking place at the time, or when officers suspect anti-social behaviour is likely to occur.
This power has been granted in response to reports of anti-social behaviour affecting businesses and customers in the Pitsea retail park and Pitsea market areas of Northlands Park (shown in the attached map).
Basildon Council is in support of the dispersal order. Officers will be on patrol in this area during the period of the notice and will issue notices to anyone causing problems.
Anyone who refuses to leave the area once directed can be arrested and, if convicted, they could face up to a three month prison sentence and a £2,500 fine.
Members of the public using the restaurants and businesses in this area will be unaffected.
The Basildon Community Policing Team can be reached on 101.