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Officers in Chester have issued a dispersal order following reports of a group causing anti-social behaviour in the city centre.
Police will be using dispersal orders banning anyone from the town for up to 48 hours to prevent disorder.
The dispersal order has been imposed under Section 34 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, dispersal orders make it an offence for anyone to return to a specific area for up to 48 hours.
The area covered includes the area bound by Nicholas Street, St Oswalds Way, The Groves, Station Road and City Road indicated by the highlighted mapped area which is provided to anyone issued with a direction to leave.
The powers are in place now and will run until 11pm on Tuesday 14 February.
Inspector James Wilson said: “As a result of a small minority of people causing anti-social behaviour and street drinking, we have had to impose a dispersal order in the city throughout the day and into this evening.
“I want to be clear that we will do everything we can do to crackdown on this activity and our communities should not have to put up with anti-social behaviour.
“I would urge anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour to report this to us by calling 101 or reporting it via our website so that we can investigate further.”
Anyone with information on ASB in their area can report it to Cheshire Police via the Cheshire Police website.