Police getting tough on Gloucester's anti-social yobs
YOBS who cause anti-social behaviour will be booted out of town thanks to a tough new police order.
A dispersal order has been introduced in the Barton Street area of Gloucester to tackle unruly behaviour.
The new measure, which will run until April 2013, will allow police officers to force groups of two or more people to leave the area for up to 24 hours.
It comes after Napier Street play area has been plagued by drink-fuelled bad behaviour.
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The order covers the area within the boundaries of Metz Way, Derby Road, Barton Street and Trier Way.
Inspector Neil Smith said: "This is a really effective tool to ensure the extremely small minority, who diminish the quality of life of others, have to leave and receive a strong punishment if they ignore the order."
Meanwhile, the wheels are in motion for an anti-social behaviour van which will be packed with people trained to tackle hotspots in the city.
The initiative is being run by Project Solace, a team led by Gloucester City Homes and is made-up of two officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary and an anti-social behaviour officer from Gloucester City Council.
The van will go on regular patrols around the city, starting with Halloween events and Bonfire Night shindigs.
Inspector Steve Wood said: "They'll be ready to respond to incidents and deal with them there and then."
He added that the pilot scheme could be made permanent if successful.
Barry Leach, of the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: "Having a presence like this and being able to mobilise them to key areas is a great idea."