Dispersal orders issued after 'trouble' planned
Police in Sandbach and Elworth have warned they will tackle anyone going to the town intending to cause trouble.
The warning came after officers received reports on Monday that people may have been going to Sandbach that night to cause anti-social behaviour.
Officers announced on Monday they would be using dispersal orders, banning anyone from the town for up to 48 hours to prevent disorder.
These would be used alongside the new public health regulations currently in place to help officers ensure people stay at home, prevent gatherings of more than two people in public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.
The dispersal powers, under Section 34 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, have been authorised in order to deter anyone from returning to a specific area for up to 48 hours, and officers and PCSOs would use those powers if necessary to prevent any disorder.
The powers were in place from Monday until yesterday (Wednesday). Insp Kelly Johnston said on Monday: “We have had information to suggest groups of people are planning to come to Sandbach tonight to cause trouble. In the interests of protecting the public, especially in the light of the current situation, we have secured the use of the section 35 dispersal order.
“This is in addition to our powers under the new public health regulations to prevent gatherings which will help us to keep you safe and disrupt any planned disorder in the town.”
It is believed no trouble was reported.