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Dispersal order introduced in Ilkley following brawl among youths

Dispersal order introduced in Ilkley following brawl among youths

Published by May Norman at 6:58am 25th June 2020. (Updated at 7:07am 25th June 2020)

Police introduce dispersal order after mass brawl

  • A dispersal order's been introduced in Ilkley after reports of a fight between two groups of youths.
  • Hundreds of people gathered at the banks of the River Wharfe yesterday (Wednesday, 24 June).
  • Police now have the powers to break up large groups and order them to leave the area.

Police in Ilkley have been forced to introduce a dispersal order following reports of a fight on the river banks.

With temperatures soaring, hundreds of people spent the day at the River Wharfe at Ilkley and the neighbouring villages of Burley-in-Wharfedale and Addingham yesterday (Wednesday, 24 June).

Police were forced to issue the dispersal order at 4pm after reports of a fight between groups of youths at the river.

Only last month, residents raised concerns over disorder at the area's beauty spot.

Many took to social media yesterday to express their disappointment at the crowds descended on the River Wharfe:

Local councillor Anne Hawkesworth blamed a lack of police presence for the issues on the river banks:

West Yorkshire Police introduced the dispersal order at 4pm yesterday.

It gives officers the power to disperse groups, take children home and order people to leave the area.

It applies around the River Wharfe and Ilkley town centre.

It's in place until June 26 (Friday).