Anti Social Behaviour Gower Park
Since our last update we have been patrolling the park and speaking to the local kids. There has been less calls for service regarding ASB and a more pleasant atmosphere. Hull City Council recently organised a community day in conjunction with The Beats Bus. The day was well attended by local kids who together with the guys from The Beat Bus designed and sprayed some colourful graffiti.
You may have read in the press recently about large groups of youths congregating in other parks in the area. Whilst we encourage kids to play and meet in the parks, when a large group come together it can be very intimidating and behaviour escalates sometimes resulting in crime and disorder. Police have numerous powers available to use in these situation one is the use of Section 35 & 37 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act. This act gives power to a constable in uniform to issue a direction to an individual, aged 10 or over requiring them to leave the locality identified and prohibits them returning to the locality for such a period of time not exceeding 48hrs. A constable who has issued a direction under S35 to surrender any item in the persons possession or control that the constable reasonably believes has been used or likely to be used in behaviour that harasses, alarms or distress members of the public.
In a nutshell, any item can be surrendered and can includes bikes. Police can retain the item for the full period of time until the direction ends, so can be held for a maximum period of 48hrs.