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Dispersal Order Activated in Chichester City Centre

Expect more police patrols in Chichester due to a recent uptick in incidents.

Following a surge in crime and anti-social behavior reports since Monday, 29 January, authorities have implemented a dispersal order in the city center under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014.

This 48-hour order, initiated at noon on Friday, 2 February, and concluding at noon on Sunday, 4 February, empowers police officers and designated staff to disband individuals exhibiting anti-social conduct. Non-compliance with the order may lead to arrest.

During this period, an increased police presence will be noticeable throughout the town center.

Chief Inspector Will Keating-Jones, District Commander for Arun and Chichester said: “Sussex Police take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour. We believe this order is necessary to protect the community due to an increase in offences, predominately committed by young people, over the last week.

“We, as a team, have a commitment to keep the residents of Chichester city centre safe.

“We are also urging the public to get in touch if they have been affected by this behaviour this week, or witness anything suspicious this weekend.”

Witnesses or anyone with any information or footage is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting Operation Ironhide.

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