Dispersal order in place to combat car cruisers

A DISPERSAL order will be in place in Harlow this weekend, starting at 6pm today, January 18.

The order has been put in place in response to planned car cruise events.

The order will be active from 6pm each evening to 4am the next morning on Friday and Saturday night. It will end at 4am on Sunday, January 20.

It predominantly covers Edinburgh Way and the retail car parks in road.

The dispersal order provides an officer or a PCSO with the power to issue a direction for an individual or group, who has committed or is likely to commit anti-social behaviour, to leave a specified area. If they return to the area within 48 hours, they may be arrested.

Inspector Tony Walker, of Harlow’s Community Policing Team, said: “We acknowledge that car enthusiasts and members of the public enjoy these events but, unfortunately, previous events have shown us that there are some people who behave in an anti-social manner and drive dangerously, putting the safety of others at risk.

“I am hoping that there will be no need to enforce the order and our priority is to ensure that the area remains safe for all to use.”

As per the map, the order runs between Burntmill Lane in the west, including Harlow train station, to the point of the A1019 parallel with the mid-point of Harlow Town Park. In the south, it runs from this point of the A1019 to the A414. To the east, it runs from the River Stort, encompasses Harlow Mill train station, and again meets the A414. Across the north, it runs across the River Stort.

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