A DISPERSAL order is in place in Bradford city centre following a number of reports of anti-social behaviour and street drinking.  

After "numerous reports" from residents and businesses, Section 34 dispersal powers have been put in place for Rawson Road.

It was put in place yesterday and is in operation until tomorrow (Saturday).

Nine people have been dispersed from the area so far.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "The aim of the order is to disrupt offending in the city and provide reassurance to residents that police and partners are committed to tackling these issues.

"Any information passed to neighbourhood policing teams about anti-social behaviour, street drinking and drug use is acted upon and proactive patrols are deployed to problem areas.

"The dispersal order gives uniformed officers and police community support officers the power to direct someone to leave the area and not return to the area for a specified period.

"It also gives officers the powers to remove under 16-year-olds to their place of residence/safety, and the authority for officers to direct them to surrender relevant property.

"Anyone who breaks the dispersal order has committed a criminal offence and can face up to three months in prison or a £2,500 fine.

"Officers will continue to patrol the area throughout today and will continue until tomorrow.

"Anyone who has any concerns about anti-social behaviour in their area, or any other information is urged to contact your local NPT team via 101 or through the LiveChat facility on the West Yorkshire Police website."