Dispersal order authorised in Colchester town centre

A dispersal order has been authorised for Colchester Town Centre which will run from 18:30 Saturday 17th February until 18:30 on Monday 19th February 2018.

This additional power is drawn from the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

It empowers Uniformed Constables or Police Community Support Officers to ensure that a person causing or likely to cause Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime or Disorder leave an area for 48 hours.

The dispersal order has been authorised to assist police in keeping people safe following a brawl outside a nightclub the previous evening.

Chief Inspector Shaun Kane, Colchester district commander, said: “This incident occurred after a small number of men started fighting at the same time as people left a busy nightclub.

“We responded quickly by putting temporary road blocks in place, helping us to move traffic away from the area as we safely dispersed a large group of people.

“Following close working with our partners, Colchester Council, we successfully applied for a 48-hour dispersal order that same day and we had no reported incidents last night and this morning.

“Thankfully incidents like yesterday are rare, however, there are a small minority who chose to cause anti-social behaviour or encourage this behaviour. We will not tolerate it and through this dispersal order, we will either move them away from the town centre or bring them into custody for questioning.”

Failure to comply to leave the area is considered an offence for which you could be arrested.