Dispersal order in place in New Mills over carnival weekend

The dispersal order is in force this weekend
The dispersal order is in force this weekend

A dispersal order is in force in New Mills to help deal with anti-social behaviour over the carnival weekend.

The order runs from 4pm today (Friday) until 7am on Sunday, with the carnival taking place tomorrow (Saturday).

The area covered by the dispersal order

The area covered by the dispersal order

The order has been put in place after concerns from residents about behaviour in the area in recent weeks.

The section 34 dispersal order allows police to disperse people from the area concerned, and if they are involved in instances of anti-social behaviour, take anyone under 16 back to their home.

Sergeant Adam Harrison said: “Carnival weekend is always a great occasion that I and my officers always look forward to.

“This year, as a result of concerns raised by residents, we have asked for a particular set of powers that will allow us to deal with anyone who is not behaving in an appropriate manner.

“The hope is that we will not have to use these powers. However, anyone who takes part in any anti-social behaviour should know that they will be dealt with robustly.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to speak to the parents of young people in the town. Please talk to your children about what behaviour is acceptable, what the consequences are if they do not behave and what their plans are for the weekend.

“And to the general public in New Mills this weekend I would say this – please do not buy alcohol for under-18s and if you see young people, who you suspect may be under-18, drinking in public make our officers aware.”