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An order under s 30 of the Anti‐Social Behaviour Act 2003 to disperse a group of two or more young people under 16 who are unsupervised in public places after 9 pm and return them to their homes. They are only available where an authorization has been made by an officer of at least the rank of superintendent regarding a designated area. In order to make such an authorization, the officer must have reasonable grounds for believing (a) that any members of the public have been intimidated, harassed, alarmed, or distressed as a result of the presence or behaviour of groups of two or more persons in public places in any locality in his police area, and (b) that anti‐social behaviour is a significant and persistent problem in that locality.

(a) that any members of the public have been intimidated, harassed, alarmed, or distressed as a result of the presence or behaviour of groups of two or more persons in public places in any locality in his police area, and (b) that anti‐social behaviour is a significant and persistent problem in that locality

The power of a constable in uniform or Community Support Officer to give directions is also subject to the requirement that he has reasonable grounds for believing that the presence or behaviour of a group of two or more persons in any public place in the relevant locality has resulted, or is likely to result, in any members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed, or distressed. If so, the constable may give one or more of the following directions: (a) a direction requiring the persons in the group to disperse (either immediately or by such time as he may specify and in such ways as he may specify), (b) a direction requiring any of those persons whose place of residence is not within the relevant locality to leave it or any part of it (either immediately or by such time as he may specify and in such way as he may specify), and (c) a direction prohibiting any of those persons whose place of residence is not within the relevant locality from returning to it or any part of it for such period (not exceeding 24 hours) from the beginning of the direction as he may specify. The direction may be given orally, to any person individually or to two or more persons together, and may be withdrawn or varied by the person who gave it. Such a direction may not be given in respect of a group of persons (a) who are engaged in conduct which is lawful under s 220 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, or (b) who are taking part in a public procession within the meaning of s 11 of the Public Order Act 1986, in respect of which appropriate written notice has been given or is not required.

(a) a direction requiring the persons in the group to disperse (either immediately or by such time as he may specify and in such ways as he may specify), (b) a direction requiring any of those persons whose place of residence is not within the relevant locality to leave it or any part of it (either immediately or by such time as he may specify and in such way as he may specify), and (c) a direction prohibiting any of those persons whose place of residence is not within the relevant locality from returning to it or any part of it for such period (not exceeding 24 hours) from the beginning of the direction as he may specify.

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