Oxford

Dispersal order to tackle youths in Oxfordshire

Police have been granted powers to tackle anti-social behaviour blighting an Oxfordshire community.

A dispersal order is set to be enforced in Kidlington High Street and some of the surrounding roads from Monday.

Notices have already been distributed around the area for the order, which will be in place for six months.

The 24-hour order will allow police to disperse groups and move under 16-year-olds from specific areas to their home addresses.

It comes following talks between Kidlington neighbourhood police teams and Cherwell District Council.

Sgt Colin Travi, of Thames Valley Police, said: "People should be able to go about their day-to-day lives without fear of harassment or intimidation, and sadly there are some people in the Kidlington area that feel this hasn't been the case for them.

"I hope this order shows how seriously we take this matter and sends out a strong message to those that have been acting in an anti-social way that this behaviour stops now."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites