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Dispersal Zone in Mile End

last modified  24/05/2010 09:00 AM

EastendHomes has worked with the Metropolitan Police to introduce a dispersal zone in the Eric estate in Mile End. The Dispersal Zone is active between 24th May and 24th September 2010 in the evenings between 7PM and 4AM.

The dispersal zone is designed to help the local police and Safer Neighbourhood Teams to control anti-social behaviour in the area. Police have the power to disperse groups in the area who through their presence and behaviour result in, or are likely to result in, the intimidation, harassment or distress of other individuals. Those asked to disperse can then be banned from a specified area for up to 24 hours.

In addition, young people under the age of 16 found within the zone after 9PM who are not accompanied by a responsible adult may be taken home.

On launching the scheme, PC Tony Smith from the Mile End East Safer Neighbourhood Team said:
"We have consulted with local residents through the Ward Panel, tenants' groups, local Councillors, EastendHomes and have had meetings with young people at the local youth centre. All of these groups are in favour of the order. This is one of several initiatives that we are carrying out across Mile End to reassure the public and make Mile End a safe place to live and work."

Gill Parker, Mile End Housing Manager for EastendHomes, added:
"This is an example of EastendHomes' commitment to work with our partners to address anti-social behaviour and to provide our residents with a better place for living safely."

You can read more about the dispersal zone, and other actions being taken by the Met Police to counter anti-social behaviour, on their website.