Anti-social behaviour dispersal order in Wisbech for Christmas lights switch on

PUBLISHED: 11:08 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 21 November 2018

Anti-social behaviour dispersal order in Wisbech for Christmas lights switch on. Picture: CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE.

Anti-social behaviour dispersal order in Wisbech for Christmas lights switch on. Picture: CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE.

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A dispersal order has been put in place in Wisbech town centre ahead of the Christmas lights switch on this weekend.

Police say that there appears to be a group that “feel it is acceptable” to cause anti-social behaviour in the town. The Christmas light switch on will take place on Sunday (November 25).

The order will run under section 34 of the anti-social behaviour, crime and policing act 2014 on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November between 12pm to 23:00pm. The area covered by it will be Nene Quay, Alexandra Road towards Kings Walk along to Church Terrace and onto Churchill Road towards Freedom Bridge.

It will give officers the ability to remove people from the area and seize any item that the officer believes has been or is likely to be used in behaviour that harasses, alarms or distresses members of the public.

Staff have also been allocated to patrol the area to “ensure that the dispersal is enforced robustly”.

Cambridgeshire Police said: “The Christmas light switch on and the community will be coming together to enjoy the event.

“Unfortunately there appears to be a group that feel that it is acceptable to cause anti social behaviour within the town.

“I’m sure the event will be enjoyable and encourage the community to attend however if you attend with the intention of causing anti-social behaviour then you can expect to be quickly removed and depending on how you got to the town centre you could find yourself with a long walk home.”

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