POLICE are taking special powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to deal with a group of youngsters who have been causing problems in Landkey. The group, whose ages range from 10 to 18, have been responsible for numerous disturbances since last

POLICE are taking special powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to deal with a group of youngsters who have been causing problems in Landkey.The group, whose ages range from 10 to 18, have been responsible for numerous disturbances since last year.Neighbourhood beat manager PC Glyn Clark said they had particularly targeted the Village Hall, screaming outside the building, jumping on the roof and intimidating people going in and out of the hall, by sitting in the doorway with their legs out and refusing to move.The elderly and young girls attending a dance class had been particularly upset, he said.More recently, the group had been throwing smoke bombs at people's property, hiding in doorways and scaring people and standing in the middle of the road refusing to move, he said.PC Clark said that Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act would be used to disperse the group."It allows me to tell them to leave the area and not return within a period of, say, 24 hours," PC Clark said."They are also not allowed to associate with each for a similar period. It is like a final warning."If they refuse to leave, then they will be arrested and taken to the police station."I have been trying to put extra patrols into the area and working with Neighbourhood Watch, but the Section 30 power will enable me to deal with the whole group.