Lambeth Council have explained why they have chosen to bring in a dispersal zone in Vauxhall. It started at midday today.
We are acting promptly to tackle this emerging problem at the request of local people. We are seeing groups of people leaving nightclubs and then congregating in the area, around spots that include the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
Many appear to be taking the legal high nitrous oxide, and then have their own little parties around cars with the stereos turned up to play loud music. We are working closely with Lambeth police on discouraging this anti-social behaviour.
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.
This new power will be a very useful addition to our legal tools in tackling local crime and anti-social behaviour. It is worth noting that during the consultation process there was overwhelming support from residents and businesses for a dispersal zone.
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A man has been jailed after splashing a noxious fluid over six strangers in a "vile and violent" attack outside a nightclub. Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a plastic bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall, in London. He previously pleaded guilty at Inner London Crown Court to causing the three men actual bodily harm outside the Lightbox nightclub on June 8th and possessing an offensive weapon, namely a noxious fluid.
Some of the victims were left with ulcers in their eyes and mouths as well as "significant" pyschological problems, the court heard. Sentencing Lynn to two years and four months, Recorder David Etherington QC said: "I make this clear, this was a vile, violent, cowardly and disgraceful attack by you, but I do not find it was motivated by dislike or hate of people of homosexual orientation. "You wrecked a number of people's lives."
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Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in Kent over a suspected homophobic attack in which a clubber was sprayed in the face with bleach.
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A clubber attacked with bleach in south London has been told by doctors he may never see again. Speaking to the Evening Standard, one of the victims, who has not been named said:
My face was burning so much, I thought it was acid. I thought I would never see again and my face was melting.
He poured every last drop onto us and then turned around and walked away, like it was mission accomplished.
The chemical burnt the cornea in my left eye and the vision hasn’t cleared since. The doctors said it should hopefully return but there is no guarantee.
My friend’s tongue was swollen and it looked like someone had scratched part of it away. It was horrible.
Police have issued CCTV images of a man and two younger women they are trying trace following the attacks.
In a statement, the Met Police said: "In the first incident, at approximately 0400hrs, the substance was sprayed at two men outside the Lightbox nightclub in South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall. This followed a verbal exchange between the two men and a group outside the venue.
"Following comments made during the exchange, this incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime."A short time later, police were made aware of a third man who had also been sprayed in the face with a substance in the vicinity of the nightclub.