Section 35 notice in place at Bridgend town centre

Officers in Bridgend have been given extra powers to deal with anyone involved anti-social behaviour.

A 48-hour dispersal order, which is granted under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, is in place in the town centre until 6.59pm tomorrow (Sunday, January 1 ).

Under Section 35 of the Act, police officers are able to instruct anybody who is causing, or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to leave the area.

They will also have the power to seize any property which officers suspect is being used to cause anti-social behaviour.
The order is a preventative measure following a disturbance in the town centre on Friday afternoon.

Police were called to Angel Street at around 3.15pm to a report of around 15 teenage boys fighting. No-one was injured and a 16-year-old boy from Pencoed has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Superintendent Matthew Codd from South Wales Police said: “The dispersal order is in place this weekend as a preventative measure.
“We will have an increased presence in the town centre and officers won’t hesitate to enforce the extra powers afforded to them in order to keep the community safe.

“We urge parents and guardians to speak to their young people about not getting involved in anti-social behaviour.”
Anyone with information or concerns about this matter, is asked to contact South Wales Police by one of the following means quoting refence number 2200434327.

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