Chavs and Goths face Gardens ban

PUBLISHED: 06:45 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 24 May 2010

YOUNG troublemakers could be banned from Weston's Italian Gardens following simmering gang squabbles and nuisance behaviour there

YOUNG troublemakers could be banned from Weston's Italian Gardens following simmering gang squabbles and nuisance behaviour there.The well-groomed park has become a battleground for adolescent groups dubbed Chavs and Goths and at times it becomes a no-go zone for everyone else when youngsters gather there.The police are now applying for a dispersal order for the gardens during the evenings. If senior police officers and North Somerset Council agree to the order, bobbies will be able to move on troublemakers.Offenders will be banned from the park for 24 hours and anyone refusing to go could be arrested and prosecuted.Town centre beat manager Sergeant Peter Land said: "We are at the point where we are going to create a dispersal zone for the Italian Gardens."The problem is mainly youths gathering on an evening and doing things that are a little short of criminal behaviour, but which puts off visitors. It is things like ripping up plants and throwing mud."The order would mean that between designated hours we can take hold of offenders and lead them out of the park. They could face prosecution if we keep getting problems.

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