POLICE in Redditch have issued another 48-hour dispersal order in response to an increase in anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

The order – effective from 3.30pm yesterday (Sunday November 19) until 3.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday November 21) – gives police officers power to exclude people who cause anti-social behaviour or where there is a reasonable belief that they may cause anti-social behaviour or crime in Redditch town centre.

Police say the section 35 Dispersal Order notice, issued under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014, has been extended in response to continued incidents of youths openly smoking drugs and verbally abusing passers-by.

Richard Field, Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector for Redditch, said: “We are unfortunately having to issue a dispersal order once again due to recurring incidents with youths who have caused anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

“The aim of the order is to prevent the minority from ruining it for the majority trying to go about their normal business in peace.

“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour which has included cases of threatening and abusing innocent passers-by, and openly smoking drugs.

“The dispersal order provides police officers additional powers to exclude these people from the town centre if they choose to act in an inappropriate way.”

He said shoppers can approach the officers if they need to – adding: “They will happily assist in any way they can.”