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Teenager charged after flouting dispersal order

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: May 14, 2013

Teenager charged after flouting dispersal order

Teenager charged after flouting dispersal order

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A teenager from Cheltenham has been charged with knowingly contravening a dispersal order in the town.

The order was brought in to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Lower high Street area of Cheltenham.

It gives police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) the power to tell groups of people who are causing nuisance to the local community to leave the area and not to return within 24 hours.

If they don’t follow the officer’s instructions they can be arrested.

The areas covered by the order are St Mary’s Churchyard, Jenner Gardens, Clarence Street and the High Street from Primark to Ambrose Street.

The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been issued with three orders to disperse (under section 30 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003) over a 10-day period.

On Thursday, May 9, he was arrested on suspicion of being back in the area before his most recent order had expired.

He was charged with knowingly contravening the order and bailed to appear at Gloucester Youth Court on June 13.

Sergeant for the area, Tim Hutchinson, said: “This dispersal order allows us to address anti-social behaviour in the area and target the small number of individuals who cause problems and nuisance to other shoppers, residents and businesses.

“These orders work best with the community’s support, which we have been thankful for, and we ask them to continue giving us information about those committing crime and disorder in the town.”

Posters are placed in the areas affected by the dispersal order advising people of the order and what it means to them.

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