Police continue crack down on anti-social behaviour
12:01pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
DYFED-POWYS Police is continuing to crack down on alcohol-related anti-social behaviour with the innovative section 27 direction to leave powers.
The Violent Crime Reduction Act enables police officers to issue a direction to an individual – aged 16 or over – to leave a public place for 48 hours if the officer believes there is a likelihood of a crime or alcohol-related disturbance taking place.
If the offender refuses to leave, or breaches the order and returns to the area within the specified time, they are guilty of an offence and are liable for arrest and prosecution. On conviction the offender could receive a fine of up to £2,500.
The direction to leave will not interfere or prevent the person accessing where they live, work or study or receive treatment, nor attending court or a tribunal.
Although there is no route to appeal an order, they can be rescinded or amended by an inspector rank or above.
Haverfordwest Inspector Tim Davies said: “The Violent Crime Reduction Act enables our officers to stop incidents of alcohol related disorder from escalating. Violence and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Using our powers under this act we are able to ensure that our town centers and rural villages alike are safe places to enjoy a night out, dealing with the small number of problem individuals at an early stage and preventing further, possibly more serious incidents from occurring later in the evening.”
For further information regarding this or any other matter, or to speak to your local neighbourhood policing team call 101.