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Police forced youngsters to leave area around Jubilee Park, Ipswich with special powers after anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 07:07 29 February 2016

Residents in the Jubilee Park area of Ipswich talk to a police officer during a day of action in January

Residents in the Jubilee Park area of Ipswich talk to a police officer during a day of action in January

A police power usually called upon to move on drunken revellers from busy town centres has been used to deal with a group of anti-social youngsters in a troubled part of Ipswich.

Ipswich borough councillor Julian Gibbs Ipswich borough councillor Julian Gibbs

After reports of the crowd’s behaviour in the Jubilee Park area of the town on Thursday evening officers used authority from an inspector to force them to move on.

It comes after a day of action last month in the same borough ward, Westgate, which was aimed at tackling a range of criminal issues.

Julian Gibbs, a councillor representing the area on Ipswich Borough Council, said the sort of behaviour reported was unacceptable but work was being done to improve resilience and relationships within the ward.

Around 6.30pm on Thursday police were made aware of youths behaving anti-socially, including banging on residents’ doors, and used powers given to them under a crime-fighting act of parliament.

It meant they could force those misbehaving to leave the area for 48 hours – and if they refused to or returned before then, they would be arrested.

Inspector Garry Miller at Suffolk Constabulary explained how it worked.

“It’s basically to say within this area there is anti-social behaviour causing issues for local residents the police can direct people to leave that area.

“We have one in place every Friday and Saturday night in the town centre area.”

Insp Miller said any use of the power had to come from an inspector in writing, adding officers also had the power to take under 16s home to their parents if they did not comply with the order.

“It’s a last resort,” he said. “When we issue a dispersal order we also support it with some additional resources. We increased the police presence in the area and it seems to have done the trick.

“We have used them there on previous occasions to good effect but primarily we can resolve them with additional police officer presence.”

Mr Gibbs said he was made aware of the trouble at a meeting on Friday.

“They did mention there had been an incident at Jubilee Park where there was a group of youngsters who were active which us distressing for residents and it’s unacceptable,” he said.

“Residents have said this before, people go down there and cause problems.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s something we have got a lot of work around there and I would not want to see the problems escalate.”

Mr Gibbs did add however the problem was not new – meaning they were already working towards solutions addressing anti-social behaviour.

He said: “If it wasn’t something we were aware of it would be concerning.
“There are a number of youth related organisations we are working with at the moment like St Giles Trust, the YMCA and 4YP.

“These are working with the council and the police to address the issues there.

“It’s trying to encourage that resilience, we are building all that up so people are more confident about speaking to us and the police.”

Thursday’s use of the dispersal order lasted until 6.29pm on Saturday.


  • Waspie's wife.....richie w... I think your opinion mirrors those of us who grew up in the 60's and had children in the 70's. I'm afraid so much of police time is now taken up with a lack of proper parenting and enforcing respect and behavioural standards. Sadly we watched as schools went liberal on discipline and authoritative parenting gave way to indulgent parenting. In my day neighbours would also tell children off and report to parents. This all worked well. I despair for the children actually, they are being let down by adults and authority, schools who seem to be letting them run riot. Wouldn't have happened in my day. it's often the same faces too, not got a grip of and shown they aren't the ones dictating.. and this is a huge shift. No wonder they go off the rails with no boundaries.

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    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • Any comment I post is just my opinion, please do not get sucked into taking it as fact. I grew up in nearby Blenheim Rd (High School years). My pals and I were there when this park was first opened. I remember in those days the Indian gentleman in one of the houses opposite used to monitor this play area every day, he had the keys to the slide. Boy if there was ever any trouble there, he was out like a shot to give us a deserved clip round the ear (not a beating). In those days when we told off, we took our rollicking and messed off for a couple of days, then came back a little bit better behaved. There was no way we would ever be disrespectful. There are so many different changes in modern day society, some I admit are for the better (especially when you see the stories floating around about abuse in those days) but some are turning the last generation into uncontrollable disrespectful idiots. I truly fear for the future of society, I really do.

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    richie w

    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • In dealing with this problem, a more presentable appearance by police wouldn't go amiss to command respect and authority.

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    dinosaur detective

    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • Jubilee park area seems to have had issues for a long time and should have had saturation policing. My relatives left the area round there late early 90's and early 2000's. If you want people to tell you what the problems are then you need local warranted officers patrolling. grew up walking past that area into town. it's one I avoid now.

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    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • I am always sceptical of dispersal orders particularly if all they are doing is moving a problem from one place to another. I hope that is not the case? Would be interesting to hear from some of the 'dispersed' to get a more balanced picture of the situation too.

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    Monday, February 29, 2016

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