A DISPERSAL zone has been introduced in Liscard in response to an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

With the order beginning at at 5.30pm today (Saturday, March, 23), it covers the areas of Wallasey Road, Liscard Road, Parkside, Hampstead Road, Poulton Road, Oxton Road, Love Lane, Greenheys Road, Leominster Road, Mill Lane and St Albans. The order also encompasses Liscard Way and Central Park.

Officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any incidents, with the order lasting for 48 hours until Monday evening.

Wirral Globe: The dispersal zone in LiscardThe dispersal zone in Liscard (Image: Merseyside Police)
The order comes under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people who are engaging in anti-social behaviour or are likely to become involved in such incidents.

Under the legislation, officers have the power to seize any item used in the commission of anti-social behaviour and individuals may be arrested if they return and commit an offence in an area where they had previously been directed to leave.

Inspector Simon Rowland said: “We have proactively put this dispersal zone in place in response to reports involving anti-social behaviour in the area, which is having an impact on businesses and people visiting Liscard town centre and Central Park.

“We have increased patrols in the area to deal with any issues, and this dispersal zone gives officers extra powers to approach people they suspect may be there to commit anti-social behaviour or other crimes.

“This order is to ensure residents and businesses are not subjected to any such behaviour, and I would ask people to continue reporting any concerns and we will take action.

“I would urge parents and guardians to know where young people in your care are, to further assist us in dealing with those who cause trouble.

“If you witness any anti-social behaviour or have any information about such incidents, please contact or speak to our officers and we will take action.”

You can pass any information on anti-social behaviour to the police's social media desk Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Twitter or 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook.

You can also contact the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give.../give-information.