The Northern Echo confirmed today that the Dispersal Order in Nightingale Avenue and Springfield has been extended by the Police until April. Good news. The Order has been effective in breaking up a pattern of long-term anti-social behaviour which has caused real distress to local people.
Of course, if it hadn't been for the Labour Government, there would have been no Dispersal Orders. They were brought about in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. And which party consistently voted against Dispersal Orders during the passage of the Bill? Why my old friends in the Liberal Democrats. Should the LibDems choose to stand a candidate in Haughton West in May's local elections, (and they haven't done so in recent memory) perhaps they will explain to residents why their party opposed this important measure.