Hastings May Day events ‘protected’ by dispersal order


People attending May Day events in Hastings have been told a dispersal order will be in place to deal with any anti-social behaviour.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the order will allow police to deal swiftly with any troublemakers by dispersing them from designated areas between 9am on bank holiday Monday until 7am the next day.

Inspector Dan Russell, of the Hastings neighbourhood police team, said: “Every year at this time thousands of people gather in Hastings for the Jack-in-the-Green festival and to see the spectacle of the May Day motorcycle run.

“Historically, there have unfortunately been isolated incidents of anti-social behaviour, mainly fuelled by some people indulging in too much alcohol, and to try to reduce this we have brought in the dispersal order.

“It is not there to stop people enjoying themselves, but it will help to prevent situations from escalating into something more serious, thus protecting innocent people who are simply there for the entertainments.”

Anyone given a dispersal order will be handed a map showing the area they are dispersed from and how long they have to stay out of that area, up to a maximum of 48 hours.

Ignoring the order means they could be arrested and held in police custody.

The dispersal order is made under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.