Dispersal zone for North Kings Cross and SW Barnsbury

Dispersal zone map shade Local police and the Council have taken an important palliative measure to combat low level anti social behaviour. Neighbour Lisa Tang has alerted me to the new 'dispersal zone' map.  This gives police stringent powers to stop people, especially young people hanging about in large groups. 

The area covered is in the graphic left but basically East of York Way, South of Bingfield Street, South of Richmond Avenue, West of Barnsbury Road, North of Copenhagen Street and North of Regents Canal.

Dispersal zones are handy to deal with a chronic problem in the area – large groups of young people who can get out of hand.  Having had bricks thrown at me from very close range by groups of young people in the past i sympathise with the folk who live here – if they still taught cricket in schools i wouldn't be alive today.  It is important to deal with.  But dispersal zones are only palliative – they treat the symptoms of a wider problem – the lack of a structured, long term intervention by the Council in the area to give young people things to do in a deprived neighbourhood. 

Local charitable groups such as CYP, Sparkplug, Prospex and Crumbles Castle plug huge gaps left by inadequate Council services.  But they only get month to month funding inhibiting their long term growth and stability.  The real long term answer to combat issues with local young people is long term core funding by the council of local youth groups to provide high capacity interventions to give large numbers of young people other options than hanging about on street corners.

Text extracts from text of dispersal order follows:

'The local Police and the Local Authority have both agreed that there are grounds to believe that members of the public have been intimidated, harassed, alarmed, or distressed as a result of the presence or behaviour of two or more persons and that anti-social behaviour is a significant and persistent problem in the below affected area.
Relevant Period
From 0630 hours on 27th April 2009
To 0630 hours on 27th July 2009
Directions
During the times and dates specified above a Constable/PCSO may give one or more of the following directions:
Tell people in the group to leave the area (either immediately or at a stated time and in a stated way).
Tell people who don’t live in the area to leave (either immediately or at a stated time and in a stated way).
Tell people who don’t live in the area not to return to the area or any part of it for such period (not exceeding 24 hours) from when the direction was given, as he/she may specify.
If you are under 16 you are not allowed to be here between the hours of 9pm and 6am unless you are under the effective control of a parent or responsible person over the age of 18. You may be removed to your home or place of safety if more appropriate.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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1 Response to Dispersal zone for North Kings Cross and SW Barnsbury

  1. Paul Convery says:

    Perhaps it’s worth emphasising that this dispersal order is not really to deal with “low level anti social behaviour”. It’s designed to underpin the other actions taken by the police to avoid the repeat of the triple stabbing incident which occurred at Easter. Then, a running fight broke-out between groups of youths (most from outside the area). The police have doubled the level of patrolling in the area and this power has been taken in order to strengthen their response. There have been incidences of large groups of youths congregating in Wellington Square (on the old Naish Court site) by teenagers who may have some connection with the stabbings incidents.

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