Police granted extra powers for Buxton Carnival weekend

A dispersal order will run from 6pm on Friday July 13 until 6pm on Monday July 15 and cover Buxton town centre and parts of Fairfield.
A dispersal order will run from 6pm on Friday July 13 until 6pm on Monday July 15 and cover Buxton town centre and parts of Fairfield.

Police have been granted additional powers to help them deal with any anti-social behaviour in Buxton over the carnival weekend.

A dispersal order will run from 6pm on Friday July 13 until 6pm on Monday July 15, covering Buxton town centre and parts of Fairfield.

The 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.

It also enables officers and PCSOs to break up groups of two or more people who they believe could cause trouble and direct them to leave the designated area for 24 hours.

Roads covered by the order will include St John's Road, Corbar Road, Lightwood Road, Fairfield Road, Bakewell Road, Dukes Drive, London Road and Green Lane.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Denis Murphy said: “By having the dispersal order in place, we will have additional powers to use if required to target potential alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

"Officers will also be able to return any vulnerable youngsters under the age of 16 back home to the care of their parents or responsible adults.

“This power is not one that we use lightly, but we hope it will help us ensure the Buxton Carnival is safe and enjoyable for all, as it has been during previous events.

“There may be a small minority of people who might use the event as an excuse for anti-social behaviour. Our message to them is that alcohol-fuelled disorder or violence is not acceptable and anyone who commits an offence can expect to be dealt with firmly.”