First use of anti-social act in Kirton park

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Police have used new powers for the first time in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour in Kirton.

The Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force on October 20 and four days later Boston Police used its dispersal powers at Dame Sarah Swift Park.

Community beat Sgt Fran Harrod said: “The Boston team immediately identified that one of the new powers would be highly suitable for an ASB case we have running at the moment, regarding nuisance during weekend evenings on the park.”

The dispersal order meant that from 5pm, on Friday, the park was covered by the act for 48 hours, the maximum time it can be applied.

The result being that if officers believed anti-social behaviour was likely, they could ask anyone over the age of 10 to leave the area during that period. Despite ‘extensive’ patrols no one was found to be causing problems or dispersed.

Sgt Harrod added: “It should be stressed that this is not a demonisation of innocent users of the park, merely the few that have recently been causing damage and nuisance, and greatly upsetting local residents and legitimate users of the park.”

Police can use the order again, it can be put in place very quickly, but there are strict criteria for issuing it.