A DISPERSAL zone will be put in place in Birkenhead this weekend as part of a police crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

The zone will come into effect from 5pm today and end at 4.59pm on Sunday.

The order comes under Section 34/35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014 which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people they suspect "are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area for up to 48 hours".

The area covered includes:

  • Park Road East
  • Conway Street
  • Argyle Street
  • Argyle Street South
  • Elm Grove
  • Willmer Road
  • Balls Road East
  • Balls Road
  • Slatey Road
  • Park Road South
  • Park Road East

The action is being taken in response to recent reports of anti-social behaviour and youths gathering in the area.

They were reported to have ridden pedal cycles and electric cycles "aggressively and inconsiderately", police say.

Under the legislation, police have the power to seize any item, including vehicles, used to commit anti-social behaviour.

Community policing inspector Tom Welch said: "We're well aware of the significant impact that anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in this type of behaviour in the area.

"The vast majority of people in area are law-abiding members of the community, and I just want to remind them that this order is not about bothering people going about their legitimate daily business.

"The dispersal zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I would urge anyone in the area with any information about anti-social behaviour, or criminal activity in their area to contact.

"We would like to thank the vast majority of you who are adhering to social distancing measures and protecting the wider community from the virus as well as those who are continuing to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and reporting it to us.

"Anyone who wishes to report anti-social or criminal behaviour can contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"We also welcome any information on the illegal use of off-road bikes, including who is riding them illegally and where they are stored.

"Always call 999 in an emergency. You can also follow @WirralPolice on Twitter and Facebook for updates and advice."