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Teenagers party hours after the police dispersal zone was introduced

Written by Javed Iqbal

Teenagers were partying and a young man was taken to hospital with a head wound a few hours after police set up a proliferation zone.

Merseyside police introduced the proliferation zone in West Kirby on Thursday after reports of “ruthless” and “criminal” behavior in the area. The order runs until noon on Saturday, June 25, and means officers will patrol the area to deal with any incidents.

Thursday night, Wirral Police took to Facebook to post an update on their activity in Cubbins Green and West Kirby. Officers found a group in the area, some of whom were drunk and had to be picked up by their parents while one was being driven to the hospital.

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The post, from 22.44, said: “Most have left Cubbins Green and West Kirby area now. We are now at Concourse.

“All in all, a well-behaved group. A few drunk teenagers had to be picked up early by their parents, and one was taken to hospital.

“A young boy was assaulted and taken to hospital with head wounds. We seized a large number of laughing gas capsules. We hope they enjoyed their festivities, but maybe they could come back in the morning and clean up their mess.”

The imposed dissemination order falls under section 34 of the Anti-Social Behavior Act 2014, which empowers police officers and traffic officers to instruct persons whom they suspect cause or are likely to cause crime, nuisance or antisocial behavior to members of the public to: leave a designated area and do not return for up to 48 hours.

Under the law, officers have the power to seize any object used to commit antisocial behavior. If someone has previously been told to leave the area by an officer but then returns, an offense will be committed for which they may eventually be arrested.

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