RAINHILL'S FIRST SECTION 30 ORDER - ONE MONTH ONResidents in the Martin Close area have undergone extensive harassment and annoyance over the past months by antisocial behaviour from large groups of youths. We believe that the worst troublemakers live outside the area and have appeared in Rainhill after being moved on from other areas with Section 30 Orders already in place. They have been fuelled by alcohol supplied, we believe, by others who are old enough to purchase the drinks. We have worked alongside the police and a Section 30 Order was put in place on April 6th 2007. It was also found prudent to widen the area to specifically include the Village Shopping Centre.
Section 30 Order allows:- Police to disperse groups of two or more who are causing ‘harassment, alarm or distress’ to local residents within the designated area.
If members of the group fail to disperse, or they return to the area within a specified period (not exceeding 24 hours), they can be arrested. It also allows the police to return a young person home if they are under 16 years old and unsupervised in a public place after 9pm.Early indications are that there is a marked improvement in local residents lifestyles, the order will ensure that the same exists for the whole of the summer period. (The order lasts 6 months)