A NEW police crackdown will see gangs of youths split up and taken home if they hang around the streets of Knowsley.
Dispersal orders will be put in place in Prescot, Whiston, Halewood, Kirkby, Huyton and Stockbridge Village from Monday.
They will run until Wednesday, November 7, covering Mischief Night, Halloween and Bonfire Night – three of the most problematic nights for the emergency services.
The introduction of the Section 30 orders allows officers to move people on if they believe their presence means members of the community are likely to be intimidated, harassed or alarmed.
Any who return can be arrested and under-16s can be taken home to face the music with their parents.
Knowsley council’s cabinet member for community safety and social inclusion Cllr Jackie Harris said: “We have already seen Section 30 orders help drive down crime and anti-social behaviour in previous years and hope that these orders will have a similar effect.”
People wishing to report anti-social behaviour can call a hotline on 0151 443 2000.