Police will ban thugs

by Alex Wellman Anti-social thugs can be banned from a part of the borough after police introduced a dispersal zone. Groups of people causing anti-social behaviour in Mapesbury ward can now be asked to leave the area and not return for 24

by Alex Wellman

Anti-social thugs can be banned from a part of the borough after police introduced a dispersal zone.

Groups of people causing anti-social behaviour in Mapesbury ward can now be asked to leave the area and not return for 24 hours.

Those refusing or breaching the order can be arrested and if found guilty sent to jail for three months or be fined up to �2,500.


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Police say the order was brought in following more than 50 complaints over a six month period from residents concerned about drug dealing, racing mopeds, dangerous animals and threatening groups congregating.

Sgt Richard Jackson, Mapesbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: "We are responding to concerns of residents in the area and are working with the council to resolve these issues. We hope that this dispersal order gives us the means to improve the quality of life for the local community."

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The order began at midnight on Saturday and will run until midnight July 17.

Areas it covers are Sylvan Grove, Sheldon Road, Anson Road from Chichele Road to Cricklewood Broadway, Chichele Road from Anson Road to Cricklewood Broadway and Cricklewood Broadway from Anson Road to Chichele Road.

Police and PCSOs will patrol the dispersal areas throughout the period of the dispersal notice and leaflets will also be distributed to residents to let them know what is covered.

Cllr Hayley Matthews, member for community safety said: "The idea is to put in place controls that allow the police to intervene where instances of anti social behaviour within a particular area.

"This approach has been very successful in the past and I hope it will have a positive effect on the area and change behaviour for the better over the long term."

Anyone who witnesses any anti-social acts should call 020 8721 2962 or email Mapesbury.snt@met.police.uk

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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