Dispersal notice issued after anti-social behaviour and assaults in Bath

Avon & Somerset Police issued a dispersal notice at the weekend following a number of incidents in and around Bath’s Royal Victoria Park.

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Police responded to a number of calls relating to violence and antisocial acts in the area.

Officers initially attended a gathering of approximately 150 youths reportedly engaging in antisocial behaviour near the Royal Crescent at around 9pm on Friday 10th September.

About half an hour later, police received a call from a member of the public about a 16-year-old male who had been assaulted with a bottle in the Queens Parade area.

He attended hospital for treatment but has since been discharged.

Police then received further reports of a number of other assaults at the Royal Crescent and Southgate Street, into the early hours of Saturday 11th September.

A dispersal order was put in place covering Bath city centre from Friday night and Royal Victoria Park on Saturday to help officers deal with the issues.

Enquiries into what happened are continuing, with CCTV and video footage being examined to help identify those responsible.

In a statement, Avon & Somerset Police said they are “keeping an open mind” as to whether some or all of the incidents are linked.

Neighbourhood Inspector Ruth Gawler said: “We will not tolerate antisocial behaviour and violent acts like those witnessed on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

“A dispersal notice was issued to provide officers with additional powers to remove people from the area.

“We’d like to reassure the public we’re fully aware of these incidents and work to identify those responsible is continuing and the will be dealt with robustly.

“We’re also busy preparing proactive policing plans for next weekend to help prevent a repeat of these unacceptable issues.”

Anyone who witnessed incidents over the weekend, especially if they have CCTV or mobile phone footage, are asked to contact the Bath neighbourhood team online or PC 3730 Norris via 101.

Officers are also keen to hear from any other victims who have not at this time reported the matter to the police.

Bath Echo