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Teen ban 'making Bangor like N Korea'.

A BAN on under-16s from a city centre was yesterday condemned as being "suited to North Korea, not North Wales".

Civil liberties groups have claimed the draconian rules will make Bangor like the communist dictatorship.

Nick Pickles, of Big Brother Watch, said: "The idea you could be imprisoned for walking through the town centre simply because you are 15 and not with an adult is simply madness.

"It's the kind of draconian law you'd expect in North Korea, not North Wales."

Cops insisted the rule would only apply to troublemakers.

Inspector Simon Barrasford said: "Dispersal Orders have proved an effective weapon against anti-social behaviour in the past. "Many people are working very hard to improve and regenerate the city centre as well as just wanting to enjoy their daily lives without being intimidated or harassed.

"Drinking in public has an adverse effect not only on visitors' perception but also on the quality of life of residents. I'm confident it will have a positive impact."
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 17, 2012
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