TWO teenagers were arrested in Salisbury city centre yesterday.

The arrests came after a Section 35 Dispersal order was put in place.

The order was authorised at the weekend in a bid to "remove or reduce the likelihood of crime or disorder in the area", following a spate of incidents involving "youths acting in an anti-social manner and causing issues for local residents and businesses."

Officers were alerted to youths being disorderly in the High Street by city centre security staff who had been monitoring the area via CCTV.

Officers attended and the youths continued to be disruptive and disorderly.

Following further information which was provided to officers by members of the public, two teenagers were arrested.

A 13-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of failing to comply with a section 35 dispersal order excluding an individual from an area and section 5 public order offence.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of obstructing police and section 5 public order offence.

They are currently in custody in Melksham for further questioning.

Acting Insp John Hutchings said: “Officers in Salisbury, along with the city’s residents will not tolerate this type of unruly behaviour and wherever necessary, positive action will be taken and arrests will be made.

“There is no excuse for this mindless unruly behaviour, which adversely affects our residents and visitors’ quality of life and it is certainly not representative of Salisbury and the activities and areas set aside for everyone to enjoy.”