Police in Caernarfon will be allowed to send youths home this weekend in a bid to tackle a spike in anti-social behaviour.
A 48 hour dispersal order has been granted following several incidents this week involving youths climbing onto rooftops in the town centre and causing criminal damage.
The order means anyone under the age of 16 believed to be causing crime or disorder can be told to leave the town centre for a certain amount of time. Offenders can also be taken home or to a place of safety.
Anyone who refuses to leave the area could face arrest.
Inspector Doug Hughes at Caernarfon police station said: ”The action we are taking is twofold. Initially, we would like to reassure those living in or visiting the town centre that we are taking positive action against youths acting in an anti-social way and causing damage – but it’s equally important to protect young people from the dangers and potential consequences from playing on roof tops.”
Police are still investigating the spate of recent incidents in the town centre but have also asked anyone who notices any suspicious or nuisance activity to come forward.
Anyone with information should contact North Wales Police on 101 or via the control room website. Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.