'Direction to leave' orders give police power to order people out of area
CLUBBERS being disorderly can get a “get out of jail free” card if they obey to police orders to leave an area.
The “direction to leave” orders were introduced by police seven years ago and help to remove people who are in danger of committing alcohol-fuelled crime or disorder from the area for up to 48 hours.
Anyone from the age of 10 upwards can be issued with one of the notices.
It requires people to leave a specified area immediately — and if they refuse, they can be arrested, be issued with a £90 fixed penalty or a fine after being sent to magistrates’ court.
Sgt John Boyce, from Bolton’s partnership and licensing team, said: “In the morning the majority of these people are law abiding taxpayers but they get to the point where they have had far too much to drink and self control has gone. They don’t understand the impact they are having on their lives.
“Being arrested is not a good start to your career and would someone employ you if you had a criminal record?”
He added the notices are very effective.
Twenty-one people were issued with direction to leave notices on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 — with only one person arrested for not adhering to the rules.
PC Andy Vernon, also from Bolton’s partnership and licensing team, said: “Being issued with a direction to leave order will not be on your record. It is just to get you out of the town. It is only on your record if you get arrested for failing to comply with the order.
“We want people to come into Bolton and enjoy themselves but want them to be sensible. We don’t want any disorder. If they do they are liable to prosecution or being given a direction to leave notice.”
People acting disorderly could face being arrested for being drunk or disorderly or become involve in other crimes.
The notices aim to remove people from the area before they cause more problems for the police.
The initiative can be altered if it restricts people from returning home or attending work, court or in a medical emergency.
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