Police given more powers to tackle anti-social behaviour around Leek bus station

An order is set to come into force today, giving police more powers to clamp down on anti-social behaviour at Leek bus station.

It follows concerns raised by residents about noise, criminal damage, drinking and vehicle nuisance.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the Staffordshire Police have worked together to introduce Public Space Protection Order, which is the first in the Moorlands. 

Mark Trillo, Executive Director at the Council, said: “The order is for three years and has been put in place after local residents raised concerns about rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour in the area around the bus station and the Smithfield Centre.

"It’s the first such order we’ve introduced so we’ll be monitoring it to make sure it’s having the desired effect.”

Inspector Mark Thorley, Commander of Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team, said: “Anti-social behaviour has been an on-going issue for some time and we have already worked hard to reduce this type of behaviour.

“This order, in conjunction with the work officers are already doing, will have a positive effect on the lives of the people living in the area.”


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