Castleford residents have been met with a dispersal order following a surge in reports detailing anti-social behaviour (ASB) within the Airedale area. The locality has been rife with complaints, including disturbances caused by groups of youths affecting local businesses.

Effective from 10:50 pm on Tuesday, the dispersal order encompasses the territory bordered by Crewe Road, Elizabeth Drive, Queens Park Drive, and extends to parts of Fryston Road. This measure is initially set to endure for 48 hours until 10:50 pm tonight (Thursday, 14 March).

Under the auspices of Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, law enforcement officers wield the authority to disband and eject individuals suspected of perpetrating or likely to contribute to ASB, while also mandating the surrender of pertinent belongings. Juveniles below the age of 16 may be escorted to their residence or a place of refuge.

Inspector Glen Costello, of the Wakefield East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said; “This order has been authorised to help deal with a recent increase in disorder linked to local young people.

“Police will take positive action against those committing crime. I would appeal to parents in the area to be aware of where their children are, who they are associating with and what they are doing. This will assist in making our local community safer for all.”

Individuals possessing pertinent information concerning the perpetrators of these incidents are encouraged to reach out to the Wakefield East Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 or by accessing the online platform at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/livechat.