Market Square Dispersal Order: Arrests made but may just be a one-off

Crime / Tue 3rd Oct 2017 at 09:20am

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ACTION to tackle anti-social behaviour in Harlow Town Centre will continue following the success of a dispersal order there.

The dispersal order was in place between 10pm on Saturday, September 30 and 6am on Sunday, October 1.

A 16 year-old boy was issued with a dispersal order notice while a 20 year-old woman was arrested in connection with a public order offence and also an assault which took place in the same area on September 15.

She was questioned and has since been released under investigation.

Inspector Tony Walker, from the Harlow Community Policing Team, said: “I’m pleased with the success of the dispersal notice.

“Reports of crime and disorder were down and we had positive comments from local residents and business owners.

“The dispersal order is a temporary measure and we’ll consider using it again in future.

“In the longer term though, the Community Policing Team has a 12 week plan in place to address crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre and this will continue until the end of December.

“This plan will see an increase in foot patrols throughout the day and night, as well as other tactics, to make the Town Centre an even safer place.”

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