Police cleared to use dispersal order powers in Canvey after reports of street racing

Essex Police officers were allowed to use dispersal order powers following reports of street racing in the Roscommon Way area of ​​Canvey on Saturday evening (September 18).

Members of the public have reported instances of antisocial driving and racing.

A statement posted on the force’s website at 11:20 p.m. said officers were present and had the power to move people if they are suspected of being involved in a crime, antisocial behavior or disorder.

The order is in place between 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday at Roscommon Way and its junctions with Canvey Road, Haven Road, Romainville Way and Northwick Road, as well as Canvey Road at the junctions with Haven Road and Northwick Road.

Inspector Dan McHugh said: “We regularly patrol the area and work closely with partners to combat anti-social conduct related to unauthorized car cruise events.

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“We have no problem with true car enthusiasts meeting in reasonable places with the consent of the landowner with roadworthy cars and respectful of the local community, but irresponsible and dangerous driving takes lives. in danger.

“We will use the legislation at our disposal, such as dispersal orders, to continue to fight this problem. We will also use the legislation to seize vehicles used in committing offenses.”

Anyone who witnesses crime and antisocial behavior is encouraged to report it online or use the “Live Chat” button to speak to an operator online between 7:00 am and 11:00 pm You can also call the 101.

Dispersion zone

The AskthePolice.uk website describes a scatter order as follows:

“A scatter order is used in a wide variety of situations to provide immediate relief to the community. These powers allow officers and PSOs to order a person who has adopted / likely to engage in antisocial behavior to leave a specified area and not return for a period of 48 hours. The “specified area” cannot include where they live / work.

“The officer must believe that the behavior contributes / is likely to contribute to antisocial behavior and / or crime in the area and as such it would be necessary to use the powers to reduce crime levels. This can include the confiscation of items (eg, alcohol) and is accessible to anyone over the age of 10.

“An example of where the powers of dispersal can be used would be if an individual drank alcohol in a city center and, therefore, was verbally abusive of members of the public. Non-compliance is a criminal offense and may result in imprisonment and / or a fine. “

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