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Aberdeen dispersal order 'starts to get message across'

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Image caption Finnan Place, North Balnagask Road and Provost Hogg Court are targeted

A new dispersal order in Aberdeen to cut anti-social behaviour by "mindless" youths is getting the message across, police have said.

It came into effect in the Finnan Place, North Balnagask Road and Provost Hogg Court area of Torry on Friday.

Six young people were initially dispersed, and a 13-year-old boy who returned was arrested.

Grampian Police said they then did not have to use the new powers at all on Saturday.

Sunday saw 13 dispersals and no arrests.

The order was in response to complaints of noise, vandalism, under-age drinking and assaults.

Offenders can be banned from the area for 24 hours, with fines or custody for those breaking the terms of the order.

The dispersal will run for up to three months, with the powers in place between 1600 GMT and 0100 GMT.

Similar steps were used in 2005 at the city's Beach Boulevard.

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