Police have again been authorised to use extra powers to order people to leave the town centre after reports of an increase in anti-social behaviour.

The dispersal order authorised by Inspector Kieron Maddocks will cover most of the area around Bolton town centre on Thursday March 7 between 3pm and 11pm.

This comes just a day after a similar order was made, again for the same area.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “This afternoon Inspector Maddocks has authorised a dispersal order in the outlined area of Bolton Town Centre due to an increase of anti-social behaviour being reported in the area.

The Bolton News: The order covers most of Bolton town centreThe order covers most of Bolton town centre (Image: GMP)

“The Dispersal Order powers come under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and will run from 3pm March 7 2024 until 11pm March 7 2024.

“The Dispersal Order grants officers in uniform extended powers to direct a person to leave the outlined area below if they have been involved in or likely to involved in anti-social behaviour.”

A map supplied by police shows the powers in place within a large town centre area between Topp Way, St Peter’s Way, Trinity Street and Moor Lane, the same area as that covered yesterday.

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When orders like these are in place they give police extra powers to tell people to leave certain areas.

They also usually mean that extra officers will be deployed around the selected area both on foot and in patrol cars.

Anyone with any concerns or information can call police on 101 or 999 in the event of an emergency.