A COMMUNITY partnership has issued a youth dispersal order in Bangor as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
The North Wales Police and Gwynedd County Council order will mean that under 16s will not be able to congregate in the area between 9pm and 6am, unless accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult.
The order, which takes effect from 6am on Monday June 18, gives police officers and PCSOs the power to order groups of two or more who congregate in the city centre to leave the area.
It also permits officers to order groups who do not live in the area to leave and not return.
Those who do not comply with the new order could face the prospect of three months imprisonment and a fine of up to £2,500.
North Wales Police Inspector, Simon Barrasford said: “Dispersal Orders have proved an effective weapon against anti social behaviour in other parts of the force and can demonstrate how partnership working can be most effective.
“Many people are working very hard to improve and regenerate the city centre as well as just wanting to enjoy their daily lives without being intimidated or harassed and I have no doubt dispersal orders areas will assist in that endeavour.”
He added: "Drinking in public has an adverse effect not only on visitors' perception but also on the quality of life of residents. Working closely with our partners in the local authorities I'm confident that we can have a positive impact on the area."
The area covered by the order specifically encompasses the city centre, including the streets of Glynne Road, Friars Avenue, Mount Street, Maes y Dre, Dean Street, Brick Street, James Street, Well Street, Ashley Road, Ffordd Gwynedd, Tan y Fynwent, Glan yr Afon, Glan yr Afon Hill, Lower Penrallt Road, Penrallt Road, Deiniol Street and The Crescent and include parts of High Street, Love Lane, Deiniol Road, Holyhead Road, College Road, Ffordd Islwyn and Orme Road.