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Police ‘dispersal order’ in place this weekend following reports youths ‘armed with knives’ are planning gang fight in Deeside

North Wales Police will implement a 48-hour dispersal order in parts of Deeside this weekend following reports gangs of youths, some armed with knives are planning a gang fight.

Officers say reports have emerged of a planned fight following a ‘nasty assault’ on a 14-year-old boy in Ewloe on Monday.

Police have received intelligence that 2 groups of youths are planning a fight in either Hawarden or Shotton on Saturday.

The dispersal order which begins at 7pm tonight, Friday January 12, will give police the power to move people away from the area shown on the map (below)

Police will obtain their details, stop them coming into that particular area within the following 48 hrs. If they do come back within the 48 hours they will face arrest.

A police spokesperson said;

“The fight is either to take place in the Gladstone playing field in Hawarden or a park near Green Lane in Shotton.

Intelligence has been received that youths are planning to arm themselves with weapons and knives.

These youths, some of whom are secondary school pupils are believed to be from the Buckley, Hawarden and Shotton areas.Young people are talking about removing items from their home address.

This will NOT be tolerated, knife crime is a serious offence and any person found in possession of a knife will be charged and they will appear in court.”

The dispersal order has been authorised by Inspector Andrew Griffiths from Flint Police Station and extra officers will be working to disperse and investigate any issues of gangs of youths in the areas.