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Dec 19 2012

Dispersal Zone to tackle anti-social behaviour in South Harrow

harrow_council_logo2A Dispersal Zone has been introduced in South Harrow to give police more powers to hit anti-social behaviour head-on.

The Dispersal Zone provides police with additional powers to break up groups suspected of anti-social behaviour in Northolt Road and neighbouring roads. The decision to introduce the order was taken by Harrow Council and Police in response to concerns expressed by residents and local businesses involving groups of unruly youths committing crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

The six-month order was introduced on Tuesday, December 11, and will continue until Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The order has been authorised by Harrow Council and Police under the powers of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. Young people under the age of 16 who are unaccompanied by a responsible adult between 9pm and 6am can be returned to their home. Failure to comply with police could lead to a fine and/or three months imprisonment. Under the Act, any group of two or more people found to be causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress can be dispersed by a uniformed officer.

 

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]These powers will allow the police to nip this sort of behaviour in the bud before it escalates and causes more trouble.[/pullquote]

To bolster these powers further Harrow Council will install thirteen alley gates in the service roads which run alongside Northolt Road to stop anti-social behaviour over the coming weeks. The gates will cover the section from Roxeth Grove to Parkfield Road and are situated at the end of every alleyway located in between the two roads. Alley gating is an affective deterrent for anti-social behaviour. The gates are approximately six-foot high and made of steel. The gates have push-button combination locks so local residents and businesses can still use the alleyways and are self-locking when closed.

Harrow Council Leader and Roxeth Ward Councillor, Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, said: “Supporting those in need is at the heart of everything that we do at the Council and I have no doubt that the additional police powers and new alley gates will make South Harrow a safer and more enjoyable place to visit. People have the right to walk to their local shops and around their neighbourhoods without the fear of being intimidated or harassed. Those who choose to behave in an aggressive and threatening manner can make people feel anxious and nervous – and can even drive residents and visitors away from an area. These powers will allow the police to nip this sort of behaviour in the bud before it escalates and causes more trouble.”

Shahram Irvani, South Harrow Traders’ Association, said: “I am pleased that Harrow Council has listened to the views of local businesses and are working with police to stop anti-social behaviour in this area. We worked closely with the Council and Police to bring this dispersal zone about and I’m certain that once the alley gates are installed in tandem with these extra police powers we will soon see an improvement.”

Superintendent Neil Wilson of Harrow Police, added: “The Dispersal zone has proved to be an effective tool in reducing anti-social behaviour elsewhere in the borough and we welcome the additional police powers it gives us in this particular area. Its introduction is clearly what local businesses and residents want. We continue to work closely with the Council to tackle the problems arising in this part of the borough.”

To report incidents of anti-social behaviour contact Harrow Council on 020 8901 2600.

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