Police get dispersal powers for drunkards

By Connie Osborne Friday 20 December 2013 Updated: 20/12 08:17

SPECIAL dispersal orders will be used by officers in a bid to prevent outbreaks of drunken disorder.

Police on duty in West Mercia and Warwickshire over the Christmas period will use the notices to stop alcohol-fuelled behaviour getting out of hand.

Notices issued under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act mean anyone aged ten or above in a public place and considered to be at risk of becoming involved in alcohol related crime or disorder, will have to the leave the area.

They are then banned from that spot for up to 48 hours and if they do return any earlier, it will be seen as a criminal offence.

Chf Insp Helena Bennett, co-ordinator of Operation Christmas Presence, said Section 27s were extremely effective in dealing with people posing a threat to public order and it allowed people to be given a chance by police to move on and stop themselves from getting arrested.

“However, officers must be satisfied they are capable of understanding the conditions. Notices would not be given if individuals are incoherent as a result of alcohol intake.

“For those on the cusp of drunkenness and are exhibiting loud, uncouth and aggressive behaviour and who can understand an order to remove themselves from a particular location and not to return within a certain period of time, Section 27 Notices are extremely useful.”

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