Dispersal order to tackle disorder in Blackwood town centre
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A dispersal order will be in place in Blackwood this weekend to tackle anti-social behaviour.
The order comes as a result of increased reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and criminal damage.
It gives officers extra powers to direct groups to leave the area if their behaviour is likely to contribute to disorder or cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public.
If they return to that area after being moved on, they face being arrested.
The dispersal order will be in place from 5pm tonight (Friday 26 November) and lasts until 2:30am on Sunday 28 November.
It will cover the area shown in the map below, including Blackwood town centre, Cliff Road, Hall Street, Bridge Street, Gordon Road, Coronation Road, Pentwyn Avenue, Sunnybank Road, including gravel lane, Wesley road, the Market Place and Blackwood's retail park.
Source: Google Maps
Inspector Andrew Boucher said:
"Protecting communities and tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority for Gwent Police.
"Anti-social behaviour negatively impacts upon the quality of life for residents and it will not be tolerated within our communities. We'll continue to take action against anyone causing disorder and harm.
“As we head into the weekend, we’d ask that parents ensure they know where their children are at all times, particularly while the dispersal order is in effect."