New police powers to ban anti-social behaviour suspects from Crawley town centre


Police have been given new powers to ban people suspected of carrying out anti-social behaviour from Crawley town centre for two days.

Officers and PCSOs can tell people suspected of causing potential harassment, alarm or distress or being involved in crime or disorder to leave a dispersal zone from 5pm tomorrow (Friday October 23) until 5pm on Sunday (October 25).

Daily patrols will enforce the dispersal zone between Peglar Way to the west, College Road to the east, Station Way to the south and Kilnmead to the north.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said the section 35 order was authorised due to an increase in anti social behaviour issues. People can be banned from the area for up to 48 hours.

The order was intended to make the area more pleasant for those who live, work and visit, rather than a curfew or exclusion zone, said the spokesman.

Inspector Sue Neilson said: “This dispersal zone will help us to combat this disorder we have seen in the town in the last couple of weeks.

“We would reassure residents that the two recent stabbings in the town are between people who we believe are known to each other.

“We understand that people will be concerned, however, we believe they are targeted attacks and not random. We are urging anyone with information about these or any other incidents to get in touch, we are sure local people can identify those responsible.

“We are working with our partners to address this issue but I am not going to tolerate increasing levels of violence or anti-social behaviour in our town.”

Inspector Neilson added: “We are doing daily patrols to enforce the dispersal order and people will see us in the town centre.”

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