Anti-yob order slapped on Stockton to clamp down on abuse, intimidation and stealing

An anti-yob order has been slapped on Stockton Town Centre
An anti-yob order has been slapped on Stockton Town Centre -Credit:Terry Blackburn

A dispersal order has been issued for Stockton town centre in a bid to tackle abuse, intimidation and theft.

The order, which comes into effect at 7am on Friday, May 3, and lasts until 7am on Sunday, May 5, covers the High Street, particularly the fountain, Wellington Square and nearby parks. This follows a recent surge in a group of individuals being abusive, loud and intimidating towards community members, as well as shoplifting.

Enforced under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, it's an offence for anyone to return to a specific area for up to 48 hours. Local officers will conduct patrols on foot and in vehicles while the order is in place.

Anyone found drinking in the street, aggressively begging or behaving disorderly could face additional fines or arrest.

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Inspector Matthew Reeves stated: "We want people to enjoy coming into Stockton and not feel intimidated or put off by the area due to small groups of people choosing to spoil the environment. This is why the dispersal order is being put in place, to prevent violence and aggressive anti-social behaviour that protects people visiting the town, local businesses and residents who live here.

"The order will allow our officers to have another tactical option to combat this behaviour and take robust action against individuals who are causing trouble. I would also encourage residents and businesses to keep reporting any issues so we can take action."

On Thursday police released an image of masked bikers who tore through Stockton town centre as members of the public went about their business. You can read about that here.

Anyone with information in relation to anti-social behaviour is advised to contact Cleveland Police on 101.