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Mildenhall dispersal order issued by police after anti-social behaviour and public disorder incidents in town

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Police in Mildenhall have put a dispersal order in place for the town centre following anti-social behaviour this weekend.

Officers said, in a post on Twitter this evening, that a 'group of youths' had been causing anti-social behaviour and public disorder in the town centre.

Under section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014, a dispersal order gives officers the authority to disperse individuals or groups where their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result in, a member of the public being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed

People can be excluded from a specified area for up to 48 hours and, if they refuse to follow police orders to disperse, they will be committing an offence which is punishable by up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £5000 or both.

The Tweet added that three people had already been told to leave and if they return, they could be arrested.

The order is in place until 10am tomorrow.