Dispersal orders are working say police

MORE than 100 troublemakers have been moved on following the introduction of Ipswich's first two dispersal orders, it was revealed today.And in a move to continue the crackdown against antisocial behaviour in the south east part of town, police have extended the no-go zones already in operation.

MORE than 100 troublemakers have been moved on following the introduction of Ipswich's first two dispersal orders, it was revealed today.

And in a move to continue the crackdown against antisocial behaviour in the south east part of town, police have extended the no-go zones already in operation.

The orders, introduced on September 6 around Reynolds Road and Queen's Way, have been spread to Cotman Road and Fletcher Road.

Dave Dring, inspector for east Ipswich, believed the orders have proved to be a great success so far.

He said: "We've seen a decrease in the levels of public order offences and antisocial behaviour in the two areas, especially around Queen's Way.

"The comments we've received from residents and businesses are the orders are working and there appears to be a marked improvement in incidents of anti-social behaviour."

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Insp Dring said the new tactics – part of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 – have been extended to avoid shifting the problems elsewhere.

He said: "There have been issues within the Reynolds Road area where a core group of youths cause problems and have just moved on to a nearby area after being dispersed.

"To try to overcome this, we've now reached an agreement to increase the designated area."

Police, who have been patrolling the area each night, have been working alongside Ipswich Borough Council, the Youth Offending Service and Positive Futures.

One spin-off from this will be the installation of closed circuit television cameras in both Queen's Way and Reynolds Road.

Insp Dring stressed there will be no let-up in the focus on antisocial behaviour in the two shopping parades.

He said: "We're encouraged by the results to date but we are not becoming complacent."

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A TEENAGER is today banned from Queen's Way for two years as part of a continued crackdown on antisocial behaviour in the area.

Michael Harrison, 19, must stay away from the parade of shops and also pay £143 after swearing at police officers.

He pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

Afterwards, the teenager claimed the punishment was "over the top".

He said: "I was just trying to put my point across.

"Yes I'm guilty of swearing, but when they asked me to stop I did. It's way over the top."

Harrison, a forklift truck driver, lives with his mother in King's Way but is intending to move to the Maidenhall area of Ipswich in the next few weeks.

His mother Angela Gissing added: "There were lots of people there and Michael was no more angry than anyone else."

The two-year ban is part of a criminal anti-social behaviour order (Crasbo) issued by Ipswich magistrates.

Harrison, a new father, pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

District judge David Cooper told Harrison he could be sent to jail if he breaches the Crasbo.

He said: "It is never a good idea to swear at police officers."

Andy Solomon, antisocial behaviour network manager for Ipswich, said: "This will send out a message antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated.

"This is especially true in this part of Ipswich, where a lot of work has been carried out to improve the quality of life for those people living, working and visiting the area."

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