Police set to “rock Tilbury to the core” as they get tough with dispersal orders

Police have arrested a youth for breaching a dispersal order in Tilbury.

The new dispersal order which came into force on July 20th for six months covers parts of the town centre including Civic Square, Calcutta Road and Ellman and gives police officers additional powers to disperse groups of two or more people causing Anti-social Behaviour. Once dispersed the individuals will not be able to return to the dispersal area for a 24-hour period and anyone who fails to comply can be arrested.

A 15-year-old-boy from Tilbury was arrested on Monday, November 14 on suspicion of knowlingly contravening a direction to disperse or leave a locality. He was charge with the offence, and has been released on bail prior to his court appearance at Basildon and Grays Youth Court on November 22.

Sgt Marc Jordan, part of the Tilbury neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are actively policing the dispersal area, and if we find anyone being a nuisance, you will be told to leave. If you then return, we will arrest you and put you before the courts.”

The dispersal order was introduced following complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour – particularly in the town.

Sgt Marc Jordan, part of the Tilbury neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are actively policing the dispersal area, and if we find anyone being a nuisance, you will be told to leave. If you then return, we will arrest you and put you before the courts.”

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