Extra Powers for Police in Mountain Ash This Weekend
Written by Gavin on 26th November 2021
South Wales Police officers in Mountain Ash have once again been given extra powers to deal with youths causing anti-social behaviour this weekend.
The decision has been made following a series of incidents on the town earlier this month which caused concern among residents and local businesses.
The dispersal order, which is granted under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, will apply to those aged 10 years and over and it will be in place for 48 hours from 7pm on Friday, November 26, 2021, to 7pm on Sunday, November 28.
Under Section 35 of the Act, police officers and PCSOs will be able to instruct anybody who is causing, or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to leave an area. They will also have the power to seize any property which officers suspect is being used to cause asb.
Local Policing Inspector John Sullivan-Alexander: “We put these measures in place ahead of last weekend and I am pleased to say they had a positive impact. We had very few incidents across the town and I hope people are reassured by that.“We aren’t complacent and because of previous problems, we have decided to put in place the same measures for this weekend so people will notice our increased presence across the town once again.“We will see how things go this weekend and review our position after that.”