Dispersal Order for The Stow extended

Politics / Thu 1st Sep 2016 at 06:35pm

The Stow DispersalAS part of Essex Police’s work in Harlow following the murder of Arkadiusz Jozwik on Monday August 29, the force has confirmed that a dispersal order for The Stow shopping centre will be extended in to next week.

The dispersal order, each of which lasts for 48 hours was put in place from 7pm on Tuesday August 30. Further orders will now be put in place to expire at 7pm on Monday September 5.

Dispersal orders, which have been agreed with Harlow Council, give police more powers to reduce antisocial behaviour problems in defined areas. They give officers the power to order anyone to leave the area if they have reasonable grounds to believe the person is harassing residents or likely to be involved in crime or disorder.

Anyone who refuses to leave the area once directed can be arrested and, if convicted, they could face up to a three month prison sentence and £2,500 fine.

Since the murder the Harlow community policing team has been carrying out extra patrols and working with partners and community leaders to provide reassurance to the community.

Superintendent Andy Mariner said: “Tragic crimes like this may be rare in Essex but when they happen we know it can have a massive impact on the community’s sense of safety.

“We are listening to residents’ concerns and our officers, including a team of experienced detectives, are committed to finding those responsible for this tragic incident.”

“Over the last few months we have been working with the council to address issues of anti-social behaviour in The Stow area.

“This has included daily patrols, engaging with residents and young people congregating in the area and gathering intelligence to identify the culprits.”

“Further information on anti-social behaviour incidents has been brought to our attention as a result of the incidents this past Monday that will aid our response to anti-social behaviour in Harlow and I want people experiencing these issues to report them to the police online or by calling 101 or to Harlow Council.

“We assess all reports of anti-social behaviour and our response in each case is based on the level of threat, risk and harm”

Detectives investigating the murder of Arkadiusz Jozwik have repeated their appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Danny Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We are investigating this murder as a hate crime but at this stage there are several other strands we need to look at and we cannot eliminate those other lines of enquiry from the investigation. We are continuing to keep an open mind about the motive as we continue our enquiries to establish exactly what happened and the circumstances surrounding this assault.

“I need anyone who was in The Stow between 10pm and midnight on Saturday August 27, to come forward and contact us or Crimestoppers. Your information could be vital in our search to solve this crime.”

• Call 101 to report all non-urgent cases or report them online at www.essex.police.uk

• Always dial 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.

• Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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