Officers step up engagement in Lichfield following successful dispersal order

By Jordan Reynolds | Lichfield | Crime | Published:

Officers are continuing with patrols in a city following a successful dispersal order.

The notice – granted under the Antisocial Behaviour act – gave powers to officers following reports of large groups gathering in and around Lichfield's Beacon Park.

Chief Inspector Mark Smith from Lichfield’s Neighbourhood Police team said: “I’m really pleased that the order achieved its objective this week and – although we don’t envisage having to issue anymore - we won’t be afraid of obtaining a further one should the need arise.

“It prevented any disorder from taking place, helped the community feel safe and reassured and gave my officers the power to move people on that were looking to cause trouble.

“This current time with Covid-19 is a challenging time for all of us and we’re very much aware of the restrictions this situation continues to place on us.

“To make things as easy as possible for our communities, I have a patrol plan in place which covers key locations in the Lichfield policing area. Beacon Park, Chasetown, the city centre, National Memorial Arboretum and the railway stations – anywhere where there’s potential for footfall.

“We’ll be there to ensure my officers our visibility in the community, to continue our engagement, education and encourage of the public and to make sure we are doing all we can to support them in keeping to the government guidelines.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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