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Library staff member attacked as youths ‘terrorise’ Cambridge neighbourhood

A member of staff at a Cambridge library was attacked on Monday (October 15) after a string of incidents involving youths "causing mayhem and terrorising the area".

Police say the anti-social behaviour, which is hitting Arbury Court, involves a group of young adults shouting, swearing and walking on roofs – and local business ownrs report similar activities.

This month Arbury Court Library and staff have been targeted, which police say has made it near-impossible for the library to function as normal.

A member of staff at the library in Arbury Court was assaulted Monday October 15.

Inside Arbury Court (Image: David Johnson)

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “We were called at 3.25pm on Monday with reports of an assault in Arbury Court outside the library.

“A man in his 30s was verbally abused by a group of three boys. One of the boys went on to assault the man, resulting in minor injuries.

“The incident is being investigated, but no arrests have yet been made. As a result of this and other incidents of anti-social behaviour a dispersal order was put in place covering the area.”

Terms of section 34, Antisocial Behaviour Act 2014

If police have reasonable grounds to suspect anyone is behaving in a way that is, or might, cause harassment, alarm or distress, to any member of the public, or cause crime, then those persons will be excluded from the area for 48 hours and issued with a dispersal notice.

Anyone who has been dispersed but returns within this 48 hours, is guilty of a criminal offence, with the power of arrest attached.

This dispersal in Arbury Court exists from 16:00 Tuesday 16/10/2018 until 16:00 Thursday 18/10/2018 and was authorised by Inspector Rogerson.

It only applies to those who police formally disperse with a dispersal form and information sheet.

Local police team will be in the area over the next two days enforcing this dispersal.

The police are trying to make sure Arbury Court remains a popular community meeting spot for all to enjoy and our hope is that by dispersing the few individuals ruining it for everyone else, we can achieve this.

The library is located close to other businesses in the court, who have expressed their views on the rise in antisocial behaviour in the area and the police's repsonse.

Jonathon West, a butcher 'The Art of Meat' said: "I am absolutely delighted with the outcome that the dispersal order is in place, there are teenagers running round causing mayhem and terrorising the area.

"I personally have called the police before when I saw them playing around on a roof which they had no business being on.

Jon West (left) and Brian Adams, butchers at The Art of Meat in Arbury Court (Image: Warren Gunn)

"I am very happy with how the police have handled it and this is a good outcome for Arbury Court. I hope that they do catch the teenagers because it would be nice to see that energy put into something more meaningful."

Wilfred Dorrington, the property manager of Dorringtons said: "The antisocial behaviour is not particularly nice for anyone to experience and obviously it would be better for everyone if it was happening elsewhere but unfortunately that's just life."

Anyone with information regarding the assault should call police on 101 quoting 35/37757/18 or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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