Town park now a no-go area for teenage yobs.
Byline: CLAIRE HARRISON Nuneaton Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
ANTI-SOCIAL teenagers who have been causing problems won't be allowed to hang around a Nuneaton park from now on.
Sandon Park has now been made a dispersal zone along with Cleaver Gardens and field areas nearby, meaning under 16s lingering in the area can be ordered to leave.
This comes after a series of incidents involving young people in the area, which have caused misery for residents who live in the surrounding communities. A light was also smashed at the Cleaver Garden flats and glass was smashed around the pavilion and graffiti daubed on the walls.
Nuneaton Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officer, PC Gavin Parrott successfully applied for a dispersal zone to cover the area.
He explained: "This dispersal zone has been set up despite the best efforts to combat anti-social behaviour.
"It's simply not acceptable behaviour and we are taking this action to combat antisocial behaviour and to make the area a nicer place for lawabiding park users." As a result of the zone, anyone aged under the age of 16 who is issued with a Direction To Leave (DTL) can be taken home or a place of safety. Those who do not comply with a DTL could be fined or even given three months imprisonment.
The east area of Nuneaton has been particularly hard hit by groups of troublemaking youths this summer.
Police stings, including 'Operation Wilbur', have been running to try and tackle problems in the Horeston Grange area as well as in Weddington but the dispersal zone has been actioned to try and stem the recent trouble.