POLICE in Droitwich have put out dispersal notices again for this weekend after reports of cars racing along roads late at night.
Vehicles have been driven at dangerous speeds, racing each other with large groups of people spectating through the town, causing significant harassment, alarm and distress to Droitwich communities and residents.
The dispersal order, imposed under Section 34 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. make it an offence for anyone to return to a specific area for up to 48 hours. It starts at 6pm this evening (Friday, April 23).
Insp Alex Warner said: “We want to remind the community that this type of behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
“Following a review of the dispersal order that was imposed last weekend, a repeat order is being made from tonight.
“Offering further support to the community to feel safe in their own town after concerns were raised that they felt intimidated and distressed particularly due to the noise and sheer volume of people and vehicles gathering.
“These planned meetings have also caused disruption and delay to users of the roads concerned due to the roads being blocked by the vehicles and the spectators.”
Police patrols are being stepped up with more officers out in force to enact the order and provide reassurance to local residents.
“We will continue to closely monitor this situation closely even after the dispersal notice finishes.”
The dispersal notice covers the A442 between ‘Big Bear’ Island and the Westlands Island, Droitwich and the surrounding area including parts of the Berry Hill Industrial Estate and the car parks of nearby retail outlets.