A report of school children ‘organising fights’ in the centre of Birmingham has promoted police to bring in emergency powers to stop ‘potential violence’. A dispersal order has been introduced covering an area from Dartmouth Circus – the Matalan roundabout – to the north of the centre, down to Belgrave Middleway to the south of the city.
It also covers the area inside the A4400 to the west across to include Digbeth and all the city centre area. It includes the Bullring, Birmingham New Street, the Arcadian. It does not appear to include Broad Street or Brindley Place.
The powers allow police to break up groups and ask anyone to leave the area if they think that person may cause anti-social behaviour. The move comes after police received reports of pupils organising fights in the city centre.
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Police said they have officers checking buses, patrolling roads and will stop anyone suspected of carrying knives or believed to be involved with causing trouble. A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “We have a dispersal order in place in Birmingham city centre until 6.30pm today (Thursday, June 23) to disrupt anti-social behaviour and prevent potential violence.
“The order gives officers extra powers to break up groups & ask anyone to leave the area whose behaviour may cause anti-social behaviour. It follows reports of school children organising fights in the city.
“We are dedicated to reducing youth violence and have officers monitoring buses, patrolling the streets and stopping anyone they suspect of carrying a knife or involved in violence. Our priority is to protect you. If you have any information on knife crime, please contact us on Live Chat quoting log 1880 of 23 June. In an emergency call 999.”
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