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Dispersal zone in place to tackle anti-social behaviour

Published Friday, 07 June 2013

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police have joined forces to introduce a Dispersal Zone in Enfield Town to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

dispersal order, town centre, It was introduced in response to requests from businesses and shoppers in Enfield Town to tackle low level crimes such as shop lifting and anti social behaviour from a small minority of people.

It is one of a package of measures introduced by Enfield Safer and Stronger Communities Board to tackle potential trouble in the town centre which will help to reduce the likelihood of the disorder which occurred at the end of May when a number of schoolchildren scuffled with police.

The zone, which comes into force on Saturday 8 June 2013 and lasts six months, requires Council and Police agreement and will give police the power to disperse groups of people 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 will be escorted home to their parents.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "This zone has been introduced as a direct result of Enfield Council and the Metropolitan police listening to shop keepers concerns and then doing something about them.

"We are determined to keep our town centres safe, clean and inviting places where people like to come and shop, we will not allow a small minority to drive away shoppers and jeopardise our businesses' livelihood by behaving abysmally."

Supt Jon Speed from Enfield Police, said: " The introduction of this dispersal  zone  shows  that we  will not tolerate bad behaviour in Enfield and we will react quickly and effectively to tackle problems wherever they arise in this borough.

"Anyone suspected of planning to cause trouble will be moved on immediately by officers and they will be arrested if they return within 24 hours, anyone under 16 who we suspect of being up to no good will get a ride home in a police car and will have the chance to explain to their parents why they've had to be removed from the town centre."

Other initiative introduced by the partnership will include additional CCTV cameras, and close working with parents where young people have been involved in Anti Social Behaviour or crime. The partnership may also consider banning trouble makers from certain areas wither through voluntary agreements or legal sanctions as appropriate.

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