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10 August 2010, 15:50
From Monday, Police officers will be able to split up groups of young people hanging around part of Peterborough.
It's to try and tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.
Residents of Manor Street and the surrounding area have been complaining to Police that they feel intimidated by groups of young people gathering and drinking from early in the morning, urinating in the street, littering and drug-dealing.
The dispersal powers will cover Manor House Street and parts of surrounding streets including Fitzwilliam Street, Craig Street, Lincoln Road and Russell Street.
Initially, the dispersal order will last for six months.
Groups of young people can be split up and told to leave the area for any length of time up to 24 hours.
If they refuse, they can be arrested.
The map below shows the area of Peterborough included in the dispersal order.
Sergeant Nikki Hall said: "I hope this dispersal order sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate the anti-social and intimidating behaviour that has caused so much concern for local people and businesses.
Everyone who lives in or comes to this area has the right to do so without fear of harassment or intimidation and we are doing everything in our power to ensure this is the case."