Police issue dispersal order for two Conwy towns after youths cause problems
Police have issued a dispersal order covering two Conwy towns after a spate of incidents involving youths.
The order came into force at 3pm today (Friday, 26 May) and will remain in place until midnight.
It was issued following concerns over the behaviour of youths in the area and gives officers the power to disperse groups causing trouble.
A North Wales Police spokesperson said: “We have dealt with a spate of recent incidents involving youths aged 12 – 16 and the level of their offending is causing frustration and concern amongst local business owners and the community.
“Parents and carers – please ensure your young people are aware of the following dispersal order, covering the areas marked on the maps INCLUDING any beach within the indicated area.
“This gives officers (including PCSOs) the power to disperse a group of people who are causing, or are likely to cause a nuisance, harassment, distress, or public safety concern.
“Failure to comply with the order, or returning to the dispersal area may result in police returning young people under 16 to their homes.
“For adults, failure to comply with an order could be treated as an offence and you could be convicted. If this happened, you could be fined or issued with a term in prison of up to three months.
“However, we would stress, that adults and young people who are behaving themselves have nothing to fear from this order .
“Please be assured we are working hard to ensure that the very small number of people perpetrating these crimes do not disproportionately impact on the vast majority of law-abiding residents and visitors.”
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