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New dispersal zone to tackle anti-social behaviour

Police are to get extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in Streatham.

A new dispersal zone is to be introduced in and around the Streatham South area after a steady increase of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Lambeth Council and police agreed to implement a six-month dispersal zone following complaints from local residents, councillors, and local business, which will come into effect from Tuesday, April 12.

The area will cover: Boundary of Streatham Common North, Boundary of Streatham Common to Covington Way, Cedarville Gardens, Strathbrook Road, Green Lane, Hermitage Lane, A23 Streatham High Road, London Road, Acacia Road, Hermitage Path, Ellison Road including Rama Close in line with the railway line, Estreham Road, Barrow Road, and Streatham High Road.

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We were asked by the local community to take action against a select few who choose to behave anti-socially and that is exactly what we have done. People should be able to walk down the street and use their local shops without being intimidated or harassed.”

Within the designated areas the Police and PCSOs have the power to:

  • Disperse groups (of two or more people) where the relevant officer has reasonable grounds for believing their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public being harassed, intimidated or distressed. Individuals can be directed to leave the locality and may be excluded for up to 24 hours.
  • Return home a young person under the age of 16 years after 9pm.
  • A refusal to follow the officer’s directions is a summary offence. The penalty on conviction for this offence is a fine or a fine or a maximum of three months imprisonment for adults.

To report incidents of anti-social behaviour contact the anti-social behaviour reporting line on 020 7926 4000. For more information on the Safer Lambeth Partnership visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/SaferLambeth/

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