Dispersal zone rolled out around Wembley Stadium for FA Cup semi-finals
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A dispersal zone will be rolled out around Wembley Stadium this weekend to prevent yobbish behaviour from football fans attending the FA Cup semi-finals.
Under the measures, undertaken by the police and Brent Council, groups of individuals causing anti-social behaviour can be ordered to leave the area by police constables and PCSOs.
If they refuse or return back to the zone within 24 hours they can be arrested and fined up to £2,500 or jailed for a maximum of three months.
Arsenal will be playing Wigan on Saturday with Hull versus Sheffield United on Sunday.
Sergeant Pete Goodchild from Tokyngton Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: “The FA semi-finals at Wembley will be a fantastic showcase for the sport, supported by four sets of passionate and loyal fans.
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“Unfortunately, on these occasions a small minority of people cause problems in a number of ways. This is why we now obtain dispersal orders for events like these so we can effectively deal with all sorts of ASB.
“The community within the zone will hopefully feel assured that disruption to their normal daily lives will be kept to a minimum. If anyone offends they will be dealt with robustly.”
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Leaflets will be distributed to residents and local businesses in the area and a map of the dispersal zone will be displayed in the area to encourage victims and witnesses to report anti-social behaviour.
Brent is a Controlled Drinking Zone so football fans seen boozing in public could have their drinks confiscated by the police.