Police step up patrols to combat anti-social behaviour in village

POLICE patrols have been stepped patrols around a Staffordshire Moorlands village to combat an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Officers have issued a number dispersal notices to groups of teenagers at Werrington in the past few days.

The action was taken following complaints from villagers about unruly behaviour by teenagers.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We are continuing to monitor the situation and issuing Section 35 dispersal notices when necessary, as there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour.

"Can we remind parents/guardians they have a responsibility to know the location of their children. It is imperative that together we prevent anti-social behaviour and keep our communities safe".

Officers are continuing to patrol the area throughout the evening to offer reassurance to residents.

The spokesman added: "Please make us aware of any sightings or concerns you have, we are here to support your community".

* Under Section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the police have sweeping powers. They can direct anyone to disperse [leave an area] based on their suspicion they are engaged in “anti-social behaviour”. An officer may set a time by which a suspect must leave the area and can even tell them the route they must take.

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