Dispersal zone rolled out in Neasden by Brent Police
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Residents and traders claim they have been blighted by yobbish behaviour
A dispersal zone has been rolled out in parts of Neasden following complaints about persistent nuisance behaviour in the neighbourhood.
Residents and traders claim they have been blighted by intimidating groups of people gathering on the streets and around local shops.
The restrictions, which will last until September 1, will give police the power to tell groups of more than two people to leave the area for 24 hours.
If they return and continue to cause problems, they can be arrested.
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Anyone convicted of breaching the order can face up to three months imprisonment or a fine of up to £2,500.
Police and PCSOs will regularly police the ward throughout the period of the dispersal notice and leaflets will be distributed to residents and traders encouraging them to report any anti-social behaviour.
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PC Phil Moor from Safer Transport Team said: We surveyed more than40 local residents and businesses most of whom reported anti-social behaviour as a problem to us.
“We will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the area and target offenders. It is our aim, that every resident, business or visitor in Neasden enjoys the right to live and work in peace without being harassed, alarmed or distressed.
“We will continue to work to identify those responsible and deal with them robustly.”
Anyone who witnesses or is subjected to yobbish behaviour can call the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8733 3809, or email Safe@met.police.uk.