A DISPERSAL order is being enforced following anti-social behaviour in Halstead.

The order covers the town centre and gives police get-tough powers to stop people more regularly.

A spokesman said: “Following a large amount of anti-social behaviour in Halstead recently, a dispersal order has been authorised for this weekend in the town centre.

“This order provides police with extra powers to break up groups of two or more people where believed that their behaviour is causing distress or harassing the public.

“The order will run from 10pm on Friday night, December 9, until 6am on Sunday morning, December 11, and will affect the area in the attached map.

“Our officers will continue to work with Braintree District Council to reduce the impact on the local community.”

The order comes after police presence in the town has increased, with officers carrying out extra patrols in the town.

Police have already confirmed two teens were arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of attempted burglary and other offences yesterday morning as part of the investigation.

Three youths were also stopped last weekend.

It comes following issues with vandalism and anti-social behaviour across the town.

There have been reports of tyre slashings, windows being damaged, Christmas lights wires being cut and more.

Town mayor Jackie Pell said: “It is good they are stepping up the patrols, it is just a shame something has to happen first.

“I have seen them out and about. I passed a patrol the other night.

“You have nothing to fear if you aren’t doing anything wrong.”