Police in Buxton have been granted a dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town.
The recently granted dispersal order runs from 4pm today (Thursday) to noon tomorrow (Friday) covering Buxton Town Centre and Fairfield Estate.
The power enables officers and PCSOs to break up groups of two or more people who they believe could cause trouble and order them to leave the designated area for 24 hours.
Officers applied for the order following an increase of calls relating to anti-social behaviour in the town last night (Wednesday). This included reports of youths acting anti-socially and causing criminal damage in the area.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire Constabulary said: “Youths under the age of 16 can also be taken home by officers as part of the order.
“Previously, dispersal orders were targeted at alcohol-related crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour. Now, the new Section 34 Dispersal Power can be used to stop any antisocial behaviour or crime – not just that linked to alcohol.
“Children aged 16 or under can be removed to their home address or a place of safety, and anyone moved on under the powers can be prohibited from going back there for a certain period of time.
“Anyone who refuses to comply with an order to leave will be committing and offence and could be arrested.”
The dispersal area covers St John’s Road, Corbar Road, Lightwood Road, Fairfield Road, Bakewell Road, Dukes Drive, London Road, Green Lane, Windsor Road, Waterswallows Road, Redgap Lane, and Sheldon Road.