Rochford Gets a ‘Dispersal Order’

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Police have put in a place a dispersal order for Rochford. In an area that the Council is trying to regenerate through it’s expensive and quite frankly obscene move of the the Council offices and chamber (£3.4m remember) – it isn’t exactly helping project a good image for inward investment.
We’ve previously attempted to ask the Portfolio holder for enterprise about matters that effect our local economy, but without success. Until crime is under control perhaps this is another nail in the coffin of Rochfords potential prosperity?

Full Essex Police Release

A dispersal order under S34 of the Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour act 2014 has been authorised and will be enforced in #ROCHFORD on Thursday 31/10/2019 from 1600hours and will conclude on 01/11/2019 at 0300hours. This is following the issues reported to ESSEX POLICE last Halloween 2018 in Rochford. The dispersal order, will cover all areas within the boundaries of:

Bradley Way, Ashingdon Road up to the junction with Dalys Road. Dalys Road upto the junction with Malting Villas Road. Malting Villas Road upto its junction with Stambridge Road. Along Stambridge Road, into East Street up to the round about which joins back to Bradley Way. The Freighthouse Car Park, Rochford Train Station, and Train station car park. (See Map Below)

If a group is gathered in the dispersal zone and they are involved in anti-social behaviour or are causing trouble or problems for other people, they can be given one or more of the following directions by a Police Officer or Police Community Support Officer (PCSO);
· Disperse
· Leave the authorised area as requested
· Not return to the area for up to 24 hours

It is a Criminal offence to breach a direction to leave you have been given by a Police Officer or PCSO. It is also an offence to return after being dispersed from the locality. In the worst cases this can result in a criminal conviction punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment or a fine of up to £5,000.