Police to remove trouble makers from persecuted Stevenage centre

A shopping centre blighted by crime and anti-social behaviour has been made the focus of special police powers.

Herts Police has been granted a section 30 dispersal order by the courts to tackle troublemakers and criminals at The Hyde, Stevenage who are having a “detrimental effect” on local residents and businesses.

The order which took effect on Monday and will run until February 15, gives officers the power to move on groups of two or more people who are behaving anti-socially. If individuals refuse or return to the area within 24 hours, they will be arrested.

The order covers Shephall Way to the junction with Hydean Way including the flats opposite The Vincent pub, Hydean Way to the junction with Oxleys Road, Oxley Road to The Hyde and The Hyde to Randalls Hill and Shephall Way.

Shephall Police Community Support Officer Ryan Champion said: “The order will enable us to deal with potential incidents before they happen and will send a clear message that nuisance behaviour is not welcome in the area and we will take swift action against anyone responsible.

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“Residents need to feel safe and that they can use the local facilities without harassment or fear.”

Targeted patrols will continue in the area, while officers are working alongside the borough council to address concerns, a spokesman said.

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