Police in crackdown on town street louts

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SCARBOROUGH streets blighted by anti-social behaviour have been targeted in a new campaign.

Police have announced new moves to clampdown on street drinkers and drug addicts to clean up the town ahead of the summer season.

The zero tolerance measures mean officers can use a dispersal order to break up a 15-strong group who regularly urinate in shop doorways and are abusive to members of the public.

The six month order will take in Victoria Road, Northway, Aberdeen Walk, Westborough and West Square.

If the situation fails to improve, police can apply for a second order.

Councillors agreed to grant the order following a barrage of complaints from distressed residents and traders who face daily battles with the intimidating group.

Upset tourists have also voiced concerns, claiming the problem reflects badly on the town and puts people off making a return visit.

PC Harriet Green, from Scarborough Police, said: “It is good news for the town, especially with summer coming up.

“We want people to come to the seaside resort and see it as it should be and not have to endure people drinking and dealing drugs on the streets.”

The order will give officers powers to banish groups of two or more offenders causing problems in the town centre and arrest anyone who returns within 24 hours, before hauling them to court.

It also allows them to take young people under the age of 16 home and place them under a curfew between the hours of 9pm and 6am.

PC Green added: “As of this point we are taking a zero tolerance approach to their behaviour and we will be arresting them if they breach their dispersal order.

“CCTV is on board which will assist us in removing groups by letting us know where they are, as well as informing us if they come back to the area.”

If North Yorkshire Police bosses agree to the application, the order could be in place as early as next month.