Police are urging residents to use parks, recreation grounds and public spaces safely and responsibly – and warned patrols are being stepped up and additional powers put in place in response to concerns about anti-social behaviour as restrictions are reduced.
They say there have been reports throughout the county of large groups of youngsters and young adults gathering, with some involved in disorder and damage.
Derbyshire Police say dispersal powers are being increased in hot spot areas to help target the issue, including Shirebrook, and will be used in other local areas this weekend.
A dispersal order allows police to disperse groups of people from a specified area and, in cases or anti-social behaviour, take anyone under the age of 16 back to their home.As well as Shirebrook Market Place, orders will be in place at Belper; Sharley Park, Danesmoor, Clay Cross; Duffield; Ilkeston Town Centre and at Kirk Hallam skatepark.
Further orders may be brought in to other places if necessary, say officers, who stress Government guidance on meeting other people outside of your household is also still in place to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
Chief Inspector Becky Webster said: “We appreciate it has been a challenging time for everyone, in different ways, over the past few months due to the Coronavirus pandemic but it is important we are responsible when using our parks and public spaces, and ensure everyone can enjoy these places safely and without intimidation.
“While the majority of young people will not be involved in anti-social behaviour, we would ask those individuals to who are to stop and be considerate to others, and for parents to make sure they know where and what their children plan to do, and how many others they will be with.”
“We would encourage local residents to continue to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and damage so that our officers can prioritise patrol areas, and work to prevent this type of activity and make sure individuals are aware and accountable for their actions.”