Police crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Bognor town centre

Sussex Police are cracking down on antisocial behaviour in Bognor town centre this weekend, following several reports of youth disorder in the area.

Friday, 19th November 2021, 9:48 am

After several reports of anti-social behaviour and youth disorder in Bognor Regis town centre this week, Sussex Police have declared a section 34 dispersal order in the area.

The order gives officers an arsenal of temporary powers, which may include the ability to disperse people gathering in certain areas, and should mean an increased police presence in the area to help keep residents safe. A breach of police direction can result in a fine.

Reported incidents include graffiti, theft, urinating in public, and groups of youths talking about fighting in the town centre.

A dispersal order is being issued in the town centre

The dispersal order was put in place at 7.30pm last night (November 18) and will remain effective until 7.29pm on Saturday night. It affects the area contained within Hotham Park to the east, Bognor Police Station to the north, Southdown Road to the west and The Esplanade to the south.

Chief Inspector Jon Carter, district commander for Arun and Chichester District, said: “We take all reports of anti-social behaviour and disorder seriously and will take proactive steps to combat anything that causes distress or alarm to the public.

“This dispersal order allows officers to swiftly remove anybody gathering in the designated areas and enforcement action will be taken on people found to be in breach.”