Police given extra powers after 20-person brawl in town centre

Flint town centre
Flint town centre where a brawl between 20 people ensued -Credit:Daily Post Wales

Police were given extra powers to deal with antisocial behaviour after a brawl involving around 20 people in a north Wales town centre. A dispersal order was in place after the incident at 7pm on Tuesday, May 21, in Flint.

The incident in Church Street resulted in the patrol inspector authorising an immediate dispersal order covering the town centre. The order is no longer in place.

North Wales Police reported that roughly 20 youths were engaged in the conflict. In response to the incident the force has ramped up patrols which are set to persist over the coming weeks with the aim of curbing anti-social behaviour and preventing any repetition of such disorderliness, NorthWalesLive reported.

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Flintshire North's district inspector Wesley Williams said: "I understand this ongoing and repeated antisocial behaviour is causing members of the community some fear and concern. Residents will be seeing an increase in visible police patrols in the town centre and surrounding areas of Flint over the coming weeks for reassurance purposes and to ensure this antisocial behaviour does not continue."

Dispersal orders equip officers and PCSOs with authority to command anyone participating in antisocial acts to depart from the area, prohibiting their return for up to 48 hours. Inspector Williams said on Wednesday: "The dispersal order put in place yesterday was to ensure staff had sufficient power to deal with any further issues. It is no longer active but it can be immediately reinstated if any further disruption is reported. Our neighbourhood policing team will continue to work with our businesses, partners, and communities to ensure residents feel safe in their town."

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