A SPECIAL order to allow police to disperse groups of people engaging in anti-social behaviour has been put in place in Oxford.

Thames Valley Police is putting a Section 35 dispersal order in place from 6pm on Friday (December 9) and it was last for 48 hours.

Section 35 dispersal powers can be used by police officers and designated PCSOs to deal with individuals aged 10 or over engaging in anti-social behaviour or crime and disorder not only when they have occurred or are occurring, but when they are likely to occur in a locality.

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This can include dispersal of groups of people.

This is due to increased levels of of anti-social behaviour of large groups of people within Oxford being reported.

The order will cover Brewer Street, Paradise Street, St Thomas Street, Hythe Bridge Street, Beaumont Street, Turl Street and St Aldates.

Oxford Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Bouse, based at St Aldates police station, said: “Last weekend saw a gathering of around 30 people in the city centre, which resulted in some minor disorder in Bonn Square.

“Anti-social gatherings such as these can cause distress and be intimidating to residents and visitors.

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“Therefore, we are putting in place this dispersal order to prevent this level of disorder from occurring, and ensuring residents and visitors of all ages feel safe when in the city.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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