THERE is an increased police presence in a Staffordshire Moorlands town after seven young people were arrested following a mass disturbance earlier this week.
Armed police and a helicopter were despatched to support local officers in Biddulph after disorder broke out in the town centre on Tuesday evening. A teenager was reported to be carrying a knife.
A dispersal order and stop and search powers have since been introduced to crackdown on troublemakers.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Officers continue to patrol Biddulph and still have the dispersal authority in place for the town.
"Officers have also completed a stop and search power in relation to recent issues and will continue to tackle criminal and ASB behaviour."
Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, Staffordshire Moorlands Commander, has welcomed the increase in local patrols.
He said: "Great work from a great team keeping our communities safe and providing reassurance. We will be paying particular attention here throughout the weekend."