A DISPERSAL zone will be put in place in Bromborough this weekend as part of a police crackdown on anti-social behaviour and weapons in the area.

The zone will come into effect from 6pm on Friday, March 8 until 5.59pm on Sunday, March 10.

Merseyside Police have spoken to local councillors, residents and businesses after receiving reports of weapons in the area linked to a pre-arranged fight last weekend.

Three people were arrested during the incident and are still under investigation.

The zone has been brought in under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct anyone over the age of 10 they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to leave the area for up to 48 hours.

If a person has been directed to leave the area and returns during the period of the dispersal notice, an offence will have been committed.

Any breaches of this can lead to their arrest.

A police spokesman said: "In respect of young people receiving dispersal notices, the Local Policing Community team will work closely with the Wirral ASB Team and ensure that this is followed up with contact to the young person’s family/carer etc.

"When we encounter young people who are consistently involved in ASB, they will be subject to further follow up, such as an ABC (Acceptable Behaviour Contract) or a CBO (Criminal Behaviour Order) in conjunction with the Wirral ASB Team and other relevant partner agencies.

"Any adult who is subject of a dispersal notice would be subject to a similar process, although we would refer them to other appropriate services such as drug and alcohol intervention services etc and also consider our powers under ASB legislation.

"If you require police assistance in an emergency situation we can by contacted by dialling 999 and in non-emergency situations via 101."