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Community calls for zone to return

PUBLISHED: 14:31 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010

by Alex Wellman A fuming community is calling on police and the council to stop ignoring them and bring back a dispersal zone. Residents in Kensal Rise say they were not listened to and not consulted when a decision was made to drop the c

by Alex Wellman

A fuming community is calling on police and the council to stop ignoring them and bring back a dispersal zone.

Residents in Kensal Rise say they were not listened to and not consulted when a decision was made to drop the controversial scheme in January.

A three-month long dispersal order had been in place in Hazel Road and the surrounding streets with residents calling it a success.

The decision to axe the order left the community reeling and they are now demanding it back.

Cllr Bobby Thomas, Kensal Green ward, said: "It appears that the council and police are not listening to the residents as we thought this dispersal order did make a difference.

"There was a public meeting at the time and they were both slated, we told them quite clearly that they should listen to us but they have not."

A dispersal order gives police the powers to move people who are causing anti-social behaviour out of the area.

A street shoot-out in February this year only highlighted residents concerns that the summer months could bring further trouble.

Brent Council said they needed evidence of anti-social behaviour to re-introduce the order and there were no arrests made during the last one.

A council spokeswoman said: "We understand the recent concerns raised by local residents, however at this moment, we do not have the evidence to reintroduce the order with immediate effect.

"We will be sending log sheets again to local people to collect evidence of current anti-social behaviour, which will place us in a better position to be able to reintroduce the order."

A police spokeswoman said: "It is really important that residents complete their log sheets to enable us to re-introduce the dispersal zone."

For details of your nearest Safer Neighbourhoods Team go to www.met.police.uk

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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