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Dispersal order back in place for Harlow Town Centre

Crime / Fri 17th Nov 2017 at 04:18pm

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A DISPERSAL order has been put in place in Harlow to tackle anti-social behaviour and alcohol and drug abuse.

The order has been set up to run for two nights over the weekend covering Friday and Saturday night, from 10pm until 6am.

It will give police enhanced powers 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.

Police can ask groups of two or more to leave an area immediately for over 48 hours and they can also detain any child under 16 and to return them to their home address.

Breaching the order is a criminal offence and any failure to comply could result in a fine or even up to three months in prison.

The order has been put in place for Harlow town centre and the area is defined in the attached picture.

Sgt Kevin Mayle of Harlow policing team said, “On Sunday, November 12, officers were called to a large disturbance involving a number of people in Post Office Walk. This occurred shortly after 4am and involved anti-social behaviour, where the group refused to move away from the area.

“Due to this, a dispersal order has been put in place at night to cover both Friday and Saturday of this weekend.

“This dispersal order is part of a 12-week plan under operation latte, dealing with anti-social behaviour and crime within the town centre.”

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