POLICE in Dudley have been granted a dispersal order after two teenage girls were arrested at the town's bus station.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, and suspicion of assaulting an officer during arrest.

A second girl, aged 14 was arrested for obstructing an officer.

The arrests were made after officers, who were on routine patrols around Dudley Town Centre, were alerted by CCTV operators to anti-social behaviour at the bus station at 8.40pm on Monday (June 13).

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the girls "were both released on bail to allow us time to complete more enquiries."

The incident prompted police to apply for a dispersal order.

Dudley Town Police tweeted yesterday (Tuesday June 14): "In light of disorder/ASB on Dudley Town yesterday, a dispersal order has been authorised covering the next 48 hours.

"We will NOT tolerate ASB and will take robust action against offenders."



A Section 30 dispersal order means officers can break up groups of two or more people congregating in the area.

Dispersal orders, which were introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour Act in 2003, help police and councils crack down on all levels of anti-social behaviour.

Officers are also legally able to return anybody under the age of 16 to their home address between the hours of 9pm and 6am.