ESSEX Police has imposed a dispersal order in the Carters Mead area of Harlow after a stream of complaints regarding crime in the area.
YH understands that the order is in place between 1800 hours on Sunday January 7th until 1800 hrs on Tuesday January 9th.
The order refers to the “locality of Carters Mead”.
Carters Mead runs parallel to Potters Street.
Sources on social media have described a night of mayhem on Friday night in the area. According to reports, this may have stemmed from a party in the Chapel Fields area.
Residents state that they called the police on several occasions. Other residents have said this has been going on for some time.
The whole issue puts into question police resources in Harlow, especially after a Harlow officer tweeted that on one evening there was only one officer for 80,000 people on a Thursday evening in October.
Chief Inspector Matt Cornish, District Commander for Harlow, said: “We’re putting the dispersal order in place after listening to the concerns of the local community.
“Over the last couple of months they’ve told us there’ve been groups of people causing anti-social behaviour and criminal damage has been caused to vehicles.
“This order, which will run for 48 hours, will mean my officers can move people causing anti-social behaviour away from this area and arrest them if they return.
“Where appropriate, we shall also be using community protection notices to prevent people causing problems from returning to the area in the long-term.
“When communities in Harlow tell us there is an issue in their area, we act on it and this is another example of this.”
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