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Lambeth Council have explained why they have chosen to bring in a dispersal zone in Vauxhall. It started at midday today.
Police and Lambeth Council have introduced a dispersal zone in Vauxhall, which started at lunchtime, to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. The zone, which will run for six months, gives police powers to disperse groups where officers believe their presence is causing or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. Anyone who is told to leave the area could be arrested if they return to cause problems within 24 hours.
Posters are being put in and around the zone to warn local people when they are entering it. It has been introduced because people were leaving nightclubs and then playing loud music in the streets. The council also said they were taking the legal high nitrous oxide.