Dispersal order introduced in town centre after 14-year-old assaulted

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Updated 14th June - Wilmslow Police have issued a dispersal order for the town centre after a 14-year-old was assaulted outside Wilmslow Leisure Centre at the weekend.

The dispersal order came into place at 4pm today (Monday, 13th June) until 3.59pm on Wednesday, 15th June.

Inspector Andy Baker said "In response to a 14-year-old being assaulted by a number of young people on 10 June outside Wilmslow Leisure Centre, and pockets of anti-social behaviour in the area over the weekend, we have put in place a dispersal order.

"This order is running from 13 June to 15 June and enables officers to direct those suspected of committing crime or anti-social behaviour to leave the highlighted area for 24 hours. They could be arrested if they come back into the marked area on the map within the 24 hour period. We will continue to review the situation and are working with officers from our neighbouring force (Greater Manchester Police) and local schools to prevent further issues."

The dispersal order will be reviewed every few days to see if it needs to be continued.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Stuart Kinsey
Tuesday 14th June 2022 at 8:26 am
The dispersal order is preventative, based on an adverse event that has already occurred. Would the presence of regular Police or Community Officer patrols be a better solution? Prevention is better than a cure!
William White
Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 11:35 am
So lets get this clear. There was trouble over the weekend, often is, and as a result they've come up with a dispersal order for Monday to Wednesday.... (I assume you missed out "until" before today's date)

John Harries
Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 3:28 pm
It's got some publicity but pretty useless - movement being mistaken (mis-sold...to joe public) for action and very much the thin end of the current policing 'policy' wedge.
No local cop shop nor cops that many can(not) see in the area. In the face of common sense and I suspect the vast weight of public opinion this kind of low-level misdemeanour, left unchecked, leads to far worse levels of real crime. Once 'they' know there is a very good chance of getting away with things it's just a matter of time - bigger problems, active (and passive) disregard for law and good order begets chaos and discontent/misery for remainder of the otherwise good citizen(s). Theft, say your precious car, from right in front of your nose on the drive - "sorry madam we don't have the resources and it's probably in bits or on it's way abroad by now anyway; here's a Crime Number so you can make an insurance claim". Something worse and even if 'they' do get apprehended it seems to many innocent law-abiding onlookers that the punishment doesn't fit the crime anymore.
Marcia McGrail
Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 5:03 pm
It appears that parenting is a lost art. Too many people think that it is police business to instil correct behaviour and a soupçon of morals into their little blighters. Mind you, on reflection - it is more likely the parents requiring a direct lesson or two…I hope the assaulted child recovers fully and gets an apology from the abject miscreant (‘hope springs eternal..’ and all that).

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