A DISPERSAL order in place in Oswestry town centre has already been extended by another 48 hours because of further anti-social behaviour (ASB), according to police.

West Mercia Police had warned offenders they face being arrested when the dispersal zone order in the town centre came into force on the evening of Wednesday, September 22 at 6pm.

The order, brought in because of reports of anti-social behaviour, including the arrest of two men in Beatrice Street for affray on Monday, was supposed to end at 6pm on Friday, September 24.

However, officers from Oswestry Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) have announced it will be extended to 6pm on Sunday, September 26.

A spokesman said: "West Mercia Police have extended a dispersal zone into Oswestry town centre – the initial order began on Wednesday following reports of ASB.

"Owing to further ASB this order has been extended and will target those who are behaving in a manner that will adversely affect other members of the community.

"The order will now run from 6.01pm on Friday until 6pm on Sunday.

"The dispersal zone covers areas of concern and includes Beatrice Street, King Street, Oswald’s Road, Swan Lane, Orchard Street and Castlefields.

"The order comes under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives police officers and police community support officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area and not return for up to 48 hours.

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"Under the legislation, officers have the power to seize any item used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.

"Should a person who has previously been directed to leave the area return, an offence would be committed, which they may ultimately be arrested for."