Areas where you could be searched this weekend after the police attacked with fireworks.

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Officers are stepping up their patrols in Birkenhead and Walton after reports of goon squads attacking residents.

In a number of areas in Merseyside, people were stopped and searched by police this weekend.

Weak people were targeted by gangs of thugs as officers plan additional patrols in a number of areas

The first one will come into play on Friday evening at 17.00 and run until Sunday at 17.00.

Two dispersal orders were therefore issued to combat antisocial behavior.

On Thursday evening, Merseyside police received reports of vulnerable people targeted by gangs of young people in Birkenhead, while a number of officers on the Beechwood Estate were pelted with fireworks.

The second distribution order concerns Birkenhead after fireworks were thrown at police and homes.

It covers the Rice Lane area of Walton, which is shown in more detail on the map below.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “The order falls under section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which empowers police officers and police support staff to instruct people they suspect of causing or are likely to cause crime, harassment or anti-social behaviour towards members of the public to leave a designated area and not to return for up to 48 hours.

It shall remain in force from Friday 17.00 hours until 23.00 hours on Saturday evening.

The force said: “The Dispersion Zone covers the area bounded by the roads listed below and includes the roadway up to the boundary for private homes and buildings: Fender Lane, Hoylake Road, Bidston Village Road, Boundary Road, Vyner Road North, Upton Road, Fender Way, Harthill Mews

“The Dispersal Zone is a response to a series of reports of fireworks being thrown at buildings, cars and police on Wednesday and Thursday nights by the public.

“The order falls under section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which empowers police officers and police support staff to instruct people they suspect of causing or are likely to cause crime, harassment or antisocial behaviour towards members of the public to leave a designated area and not to return for up to 48 hours.

Should a person who has previously been instructed to leave the area return, a crime would be committed for which he or she could ultimately be arrested.

Under Section 35 of the legislation, officers are empowered to confiscate all items, including vehicles, used in the commission of antisocial behavior.

Tom Welch, Community Policing Inspector, said: “The incidents of the last two nights in this area are totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate anyone who scares the local people by firing fireworks so dangerously….

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