Teenager is first to be charged over dispersals

A TEENAGE girl has been charged with falling foul of a dispersal order she was given last week – the first person to be charged in Eastbourne.

The 17-year-old girl was charged on the very first day the dispersal order went live last week.

Police can use their new powers to deal with groups causing anti- social behaviour in the town centre.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was asked to leave the town centre area in Eastbourne at 1.30pm on Wednesday June 1 - the very first day of the dispersal powers being available to police - and not to return for 24 hours.

However, officers saw her return within the time period without good reason and as a result she was arrested.

She was bailed to appear at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on June 21.

Some 15 people have been dispersed from the town centre since Wednesday in order to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The dispersion zone includes the seafront and beaches from the Wish Tower to Princes Park and the town centre bounded by Devonshire Place, Cavendish Place as far north as Enys Road and Gildredge Park.

The crackdown will last for three months and is being introduced after feedback from more than 400 questionnaires sent out to residents and traders in the town who said they were experiencing trouble, with 25 per cent putting anti-social behaviour at the top of the list.

Police Sergeant Gareth Evans, from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Police Team, said, “The order will give officers the power to disperse groups of two or more people gathering together who are causing, or are likely to cause, anti-social behaviour.”