11. Dispersal Order - Section 35

Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime, and Policing Act

This gives the police powers to issue a Dispersal Order; it allows officers to force individuals to leave an area for up to 48 hours.

Section 35 has also been used to try and gather peoples details. We know of several instances where refusal of details under Section 35 resulted in arrest. However in the only instance we know of where people continued withholding information, (after over 24 hours on remand) this resulted in a court ruling that those involved were entitled to withhold their information.


Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.

  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.

  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.