Workington banning order will not be extended
Last updated at 12:06, Friday, 04 October 2013
A banning order on groups of trouble-makers in an area of Workington will not be extended.
Police said the three-month dispersal order covering St Michael’s ward will end next Saturday, despite a plea by Workington vicar Canon Bryan Rowe for it to continue.
Mr Rowe said the order, which gave police the power to break up gangs, was a success and he and parishioners wanted it to continue.
He wrote to police chiefs to see if it could be extended.
But Inspector Gary Hunter, of Cumbria police, confirmed this week that it will not be renewed.
He said: “The dispersal order has been in place since the beginning of July and it is clear that it has done what it was intended for, reducing anti-social behaviour.
“Any dispersal order has to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure its use is still appropriate to the circumstances at that time.
“I am pleased to say that reported incidents in the area have reduced by over a third, improving the quality of life for local residents.
“The number of incidents reported to police no longer requires the use of a dispersal order for the area and as of October 12 the order will cease to be used.
“However, local residents can be reassured that police officers and PCSOs will continue to patrol the area and take positive action to those who take part in anti-social behaviour.”
Mr Rowe said: “It’s disappointing but we have to look at it positively.
“Police have a huge task to do, and we have had a high level of cover these past few months and I think everybody is appreciative of that.
“I would encourage residents to contact the police if there any incidents in or around the area because the number of logged calls has a huge impact on response.”
Police said that while the dispersal order was in force, there was a 38 per cent reduction in the number of incidents in the area. Between July and September this year there were 71 crimes and incidents, compared with 115 in the previous year and a 39 per cent fall in anti-social behaviour, with 20 in 2013 and 33 in 2012.
First published at 12:01, Friday, 04 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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