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Dispersal order launched

Published Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police have introduced a dispersal order in Upper Edmonton to deal with anti-social behaviour and youth disorder.

The agencies took action after receiving complaints from residents about the behaviour of youths and harassment and intimidation caused by other groups of people in the area.
The order came into force on 7 September and will initially run for six months, it gives police the power to disperse groups they think are intent on causing trouble.

If they return within 24 hours they face arrest and possible prosecution, children under the age of 16 can be escorted home to their parents if they are unaccompanied and misbehaving.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We will not allow groups of people to harass and intimidate our residents and will take immediate measures in partnership with the police to curb their unacceptable behaviour.
“We are determined to keep our communities safe and we will not allow a small minority of people to wreck the lives of the residents by acting abysmally.”
Inspector Sharon McHugh, said: “Enfield Police and the Local Authority agreed that there are grounds to believe that members of the public have been intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed as a result of the presence or behaviour of two or more persons and that anti-social behaviour is a significant and persistent problem in the designated area.

"In particular it was felt necessary to implement the dispersal zone due to the presence of casual labourers in Advent Way and also youth disorder in Swaythling Close.
“The order will be in place for a six month period and will help Police in controlling the behaviour of specific groups and individuals as well as being part of an ongoing problem solving strategy."

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