Tough powers unveiled to tackle troublemakers

PUBLISHED: 09:46 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:46 04 November 2013

The exclusion zone in Honiton, which is outlined by the red line. c Crown copyright 2013 ordnance survey media 096/13.

The exclusion zone in Honiton, which is outlined by the red line. c Crown copyright 2013 ordnance survey media 096/13.

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Police in Honiton are to make use of tough new powers and will be able to exclude troublemakers from areas of the town for up to 24 hours.

Police in Honiton will be making use of tough powers to tackle troublemakers in the town.

Under section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 officers will be able to direct anyone, who presents a risk of causing or contributing to the occurance, repetition or continuation of alcohol-related crime or disorder, to leave an area and not return for a period of up to 24 hours.

“It is a really useful tool,” says Sergeant Jim Humphrey, the team leader of Honiton’s neighbourhood policing team. “We want to make people aware that we will be using these powers when it is appropriate to do so.”

He told the Midweek Herald that Section 27 allows officers to deal with people before situations can escalate into more serious or violent offences.

Sgt Humphrey added: “It prevents escalation into more serious offences. It removes people where there is a potential that they are going to be causing trouble, and takes them out of the town and prevents, potentially, any further crime.

“It will be enforced. If anyone breaches it they are liable to be brought before the courts.”

Those issued with the order will have to stay out of the exclusion zone for a specified period of time or face being arrested.


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