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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