Crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Worthing

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Police in Worthing are continuing to crackdown on alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

From June 30 to September 1, a number of Section 35 Orders were issued which gave officers the power to move individuals from a specific area if they were behaving anti-socially.

A dispersal zone was set up between West Street and the Splashpoint Leisure Centre and included Montague Street.

The exclusion meant that those people moved on could not return to that area for 48 hours and if anyone breached its terms they could be arrested.

Throughout this time 70 members of the street community were arrested for offences including drunk and disorderly, failing to leave the dispersal zone and shoplifting.

Since then the Police and the Borough Council’s Safer Communities team have been able to gather evidence on a number of offenders and three people have recently been charged. As well as custodial sentences, two of them have been served with Criminal Behaviour Orders and another has been issued an Anti-Social Behaviour Order. If the conditions of these are breached, they can be sent back to prison.

Councillor Val Turner, executive member for health and wellbeing at Worthing Borough Council said: “We have listened to the residents and businesses who have been blighted by repeated incidents of anti-social behaviour and are confident that through our partnership work, we can continue to target those individuals who have a negative impact on the town.”

PC Marvin Lucas said: “Whilst there are currently no plans to reintroduce further dispersal orders, we want to assure local residents that we will continue to target offenders with a range of enforcement action.

“The work with our partners has had a huge impact in reducing incidents of crime and disorder in the town centre and some of our most prolific offenders are now serving custodial sentences.

“I would urge anyone to report any incidents or concerns as that helps us to establish where we need to concentrate our resources and which individuals in particular we need to target.”

If you witness any anti-social behaviour in Worthing town centre you can email or call 101. In an emergency dial 999.

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