New powers to tackle yobs hailed
An MP has welcomed the news that troublemakers in two parts of Leicester will be ordered to leave the streets under new police powers.
Member for Leicester East, Keith Vaz, spoke after police and the city council approved a dispersal order covering every street in Belgrave and Latimer wards, after complaints that teenage thugs were intimidating residents.
Mr Vaz, who called for action to be taken after Belgrave resident Rajesh Devaliya was violently attacked yards from his home, said: "These powers are an important tool for the police to deal with anti-social behaviour.
"It will mean victims of random attacks, such as Rajesh Devaliya who was viciously assaulted last week, will be able to sleep easier tonight.
"This is the first important step in our war against the thugs."
The order means police can ban troublemakers from the area, with under-16s taken home, and older people being ordered out of the two wards. Those who ignore an order face being arrested.
Police are not linking the assault on Mr Devaliya to any particular youths, but said the incident had heightened fears among residents.
A similar order was made in Belgrave last March but it had since expired.