Dispersal Zone in Place to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

Dispersal Zone in Enfield Town has been introduced by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police. The institutions have joined forces to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

The new measure was introduced in response to requests from businesses and shoppers in Enfield Town. The complaints were primarily related to low level crimes such as shop lifting and anti social behaviour from a small minority of people.

In order to avoid disorder such as these, which occurred at the end of May when a number of schoolchildren scuffled with police, the Enfield Safer and Stronger Communities Board has introduced a package of measures, the sole purpose of which is to tackle potential trouble in the town centre, the cleaners in Enfield said.

The new scheme comes into force on Saturday 8 June 2013 and lasts six months. It requires the agreement of both Council and Police and will give police the power to disperse groups of people they think are intent on causing trouble. If they return within 24 hours they face arrest and possible prosecution, children under the age of 16 will be escorted home to their parents.