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Police impose dispersal order in Market Square

News / Fri 29th Sep 2017 at 07:52am

A dispersal order has been put in place to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime overnight in Harlow town centre

The order, which has been obtained following the agreement of Harlow Council, gives police enhanced powers between 10pm tomorrow (Saturday, September 30) and 6am on Sunday, October 1.

The order gives police 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.

Insp Tony Walker, of Harlow’s community policing team, said: “Over the past three months there has been an increase in reported anti-social in Harlow town centre. We have had several complaints from local residents and business owners regarding drug use, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

“We believe a number of reports are happening when people are leaving premises in the town centre following a night out. In some cases people are congregating and the dispersal order permits officers to exclude persons from an area during its duration, helping to tackle crime associated with alcohol consumption and illegal drug use at night.

“We are confident the order and increased policing over order period will reduce anti-social behaviour and we can build on the activity with some longer term action against identified offenders.”

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1 Comment for Police impose dispersal order in Market Square:

jarrett
2017-09-29 12:32:41

It was not long ago that i think our mp mooted the idea to turn this end of town into a type of continental town square,in Harlow! the north west of the town centre is as screwed as the west and will be more so once the Post Office goes.

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