Long Eaton Police issue dispersal order to try and stop children playing in canal lock

Published on: Thursday, 9th August 2018

The Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood team in Long Eaton has taken the unusual step of issuing a dispersal order at a canal lock in the town.

The measure has been taken at the Dockholme Lock, Bennett Street, after continued reports of young people causing anti-social behaviour and a danger to themselves by jumping in the canal at the lock.

The order gives a power to officers to issue anyone, who they think is likely to cause anti-social behaviour, an order to leave the area. Refusal to leave would then lead to arrest.

PCSO Matt Boyer, from the team, said: “This is a very unusual step to take in these circumstances, however we have tried lots of things to try and stop the young people from jumping in the water.  Not only are they causing considerable danger to themselves but their behaviour is also causing anti-social behaviour towards legitimate users of the canal.

“I have attended the lock many times and warned the young people of the dangers they are causing to themselves and others but they are not heeding the warnings. The dispersal order will now enable us to remove them from the area and if they fail to leave they will be arrested.”

The order was put in place until Friday, August 10th ahead of a further subject review.

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, 9 August 2018

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