Police officer 'attacked' in Blackpool as cops use special law to tackle 'disorder'

A police officer was attacked in Blackpool - with cops using a special dispersal order to try and combat "disorder" in the resort.

Monday, 4th October 2021, 10:49 am
Updated Monday, 4th October 2021, 11:08 am

The orders are temporary and allow an inspector to target a specific area for up to 48 hours, with officers given the legal power to clear the streets if they believe it will stop locals being harassed or alarmed, or stop crime or anti-social behaviour.

An area of Brunswick, bordered by Talbot Road, Devonshire Road, Grosvenor Street, and Church Street, was put under a dispersal order until midnight yesterday.

In a tweet, Blackpool Police said it was authorised "after reports of disorder" there, which "included a police officer being assaulted, for which a female has been arrested".

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The force added: "Please make sure you know where your children are and call them home."

Police in the resort have used dispersal orders several times previously.

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The area hit by the police order yesterday