Brent News New Dispersal Order obtained for Tokyngton Ward
08 August 2013
Brent Police and Brent Council are introducing a Dispersal Zone in the Tokyngton ward after residents and local businesses complained of persistent nuisance behaviour around Wembley Stadium on match days.
Groups of individuals causing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) can now be dispersed by police constables and police community support officers (PCSOs).
The dispersal order will be introduced 00.01hrs on 14 August 2013 and will run until 23:59hrs on 14 August 2013.
Residents and business owners complained about anti-social behaviour including individuals loitering in large groups, aggressive behaviour, intimidating behaviour to staff at local shops/customers and residents, urinating in communal areas and surrounding streets and littering and trespassing.
Groups of individuals causing anti-social behaviour in the dispersal area will be instructed to leave and not return for a period of 24 hours. If they return and continue to cause problems, they can be arrested.
Anyone found guilty of contravening a direction under a dispersal order can face up to three months imprisonment or a fine of up to £2,500.
Police and PCSOs will regularly police the dispersal areas throughout the period of the dispersal notice.
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.
Sergeant Pete Goodchild from Tokyngton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: We will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the area and target offenders. It is our aim, that every resident, business or visitor in Wembley enjoys the right to live and work in peace without being harassed, alarmed or distressed. We will continue to work to identify those responsible and deal with them robustly.
Chief Inspector Andy Jones Said: “This order will enable Brent Borough Police to work with police colleagues that assist us in policing sporting events at Wembley to minimise the adverse disruption that is caused to visitors, residents and businesses by those that hang around pre or post match and cause anti social behaviour. “
Councillor Aslam Choudry, Lead Member for Crime Prevention and Public Safety said: “Having the national stadium on our doorstep is very exciting but it’s important that we prioritise making sure that there’s as little disruption as possible for local residents. The council supports orders that mean Brent residents can feel comfortable and safe on event days and that the excitement of those days positively enhances the borough.”