Man, 43, arrested for breaching town centre ban

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A police crackdown on antisocial behaviour in the town centre saw a man arrested and two beggars moved on.

Officers were given new powers to ban people from the area between 5pm on Friday (October 23) and 5pm on Sunday (October 25).

The section 35 order was authorised due to an increase in antisocial behaviour issues. A police spokesman said suspects could be banned from entering the zone between Peglar Way, College Road, Station Way and Kilnmead for up to two days.

Officers called to a man causing a disturbance in Peglar Way at around 2am on Saturday.

The man, 43, of Crawley, was arrested for failing to comply with a section 35 order after he returned to the area after police asked him to move on. He was cautioned.

Two people were moved on from the town centre for begging later that day.

Inspector Suzanne Neilson said: “This dispersal order over the weekend was a great success.

“We want to reassure local residents that anti-social behaviour in the town centre will not be tolerated.

“Our officers will continue to monitor the need for future dispersal orders so that we can deal with anti-social behaviour, and concerns regarding the possibility of crime and disorder, at an early stage.”