Police have made their first arrests in a bid to crackdown on trouble along Eastbourne’s seafront.
From midnight on Sunday, Sussex Police introduced a three-month campaign against anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
The area affected stretches to the sea from the coast road, from the junction of King Edwards Parade and Silverdale Road in the west to the junction of Royal Parade and Channel View Road in the east.
It also stretches north to include the area bounded by Devonshire Place, South Street, Gildredge Road, Terminus Road, Upperton Road, Enys Road, Eversfield Road, Upper Avenue and Cavendish Place.
Gildredge Park is also covered by the powers.
Anyone committing antisocial behaviour there or in an area in the heart of the town can be ordered to leave and told not to return for 24 hours.
If they refuse, or return within that period, they can be arrested.
On the first day of the crackdown on antisocial behaviour eight people were told to leave the area. One was later spotted in the area a few hours later and was arrested for ignoring the order.
The powers are available under section 30 of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003.
Sergeant Julian Williams, who leads the Eastbourne town centre neighbourhood policing team, said: “This dispersal order has been brought into effect as a result of numerous community complaints and concerns.
“There was extensive local consultation and it was established that there was a real necessity for it. We will police this order fairly and only disperse those people who present a real problem in the town causing intimidation, alarm, harassment or distress to members of the public.
“Those people who are dispersed need to know that we mean business - if you contravene the officer or PCSO’s direction you are likely to be arrested.”
Under the powers, if officers find a group of at least two people in the area who they believe are going to cause people to be intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed they can tell them to disperse, order anyone who does not live there to leave or ban them from there for 24 hours.
The order lasts until October 27.
Arden Lindo, 46, of no fixed address will appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on August 9 charged with breaching a dispersal order.