Police have put in place special stop and search and dispersal measures in Leicester neighbourhoods including Belgrave, Rushey Mead and Spinney Hills following heightened tensions and reports of groups gathering in the area. They come in the wake of several incidents of disorder following a cricket match at the weekend.
Dispersal powers under Sections 34 and 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 have been authorised by Chief Superintendent Adam Slonecki and they allow officers to return anyone under the age of 16 to their home address. Notices can be issued for a period of up to 48 hours and anyone found breaching a notice is liable to be arrested and face further action.
Powers have also been granted by a senior officer under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which allow officers to stop and search anyone in a specific area without needing to have reasonable grounds. The orders have been in place since 8pm today (Tuesday, September 6) and will remain effective until 6am tomorrow (Wednesday, September 7).
The temporary measures were introduced in response to the continuing tensions following a cricket match between India and Pakistan last weekend. A number of men were filmed making offensive statements about Pakistan amid scene of violence in the Belgrave area of the city on Sunday, August 28.