Dispersal order authorised following reports of anti-social behaviour

Following a number of reports of anti-social behaviour in Northfield Park, Blaby, and the surrounding area yesterday afternoon and evening (Saturday), a Section 34 Dispersal Order was authorised covering the area of Blaby and Whetstone.

The order, which was in place from 10pm yesterday evening (Saturday) until 7am this morning (Sunday), allowed officers the power to require people to leave the area to reduce the risk of causing harassment, alarm or distress to the local community and to also reduce the risk of any further public disorder.

Calls received included reports of large groups of youths gathering in the park with anti-social behaviour being reported.

Following police attendance, the youths left the area. No injuries were reported during the evening. Damage was caused to a police car during the evening including the wing mirror of the vehicle being broken.

Sergeant Alex Goldsmith said: “With the order in place, we continued to monitor the area overnight. Our officers also continue to carry out proactive patrols in the area today and throughout the evening.

“Thank you to members of the public who reported their concerns to us leading us to taking this action. We will continue to monitor the situation today and urge you to report any further concerns to us so the relevant action can be taken.”

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