Thepolice and the council are working together on the Market Estate following complaints from residents. Dispersal zones are sometimes necessary, but the important thing is to tackle the harder long term issues that mean young people have little better to do than hanging about causing trouble.
Police press notice follows:
'A dispersal zone has been put in place in the Market Estate and the surrounding area to combat growing levels of anti social behaviour by young people.
Holloway Safer Neighbourhoods team received a high number of complaints from local residents about young people hanging around the communal areas of the Market Estate smoking cannabis, spitting on the floors, leaving rubbish and playing loud music throughout the night.
Working closely with Southern Housing Association and Islington Council, the dispersal zone runs from 21 December 2009 until 6:30 on 28 February 2009.
Officers will have the power to tell people to leave the area either immediately or at a stated time. Anyone under 16 will not be allowed in the area between 21:00 and 06:00 unless they are with a parent or responsible adult. If they return they may receive a fine of up to £5000 or six months imprisonment.
As part of a series of ongoing measures designed to stop groups of youths committing crime and causing anti social behaviour in the area, Holloway Safer Neighbourhoods team have increased patrols and are working with both the Safer Neighbourhoods Task Force and the Special Constabulary Task Force to ensure that anti social behaviour levels are reduced.
The team are also working closely with Islington Council to offer outreach services to young people in the area. The Youth Engagement Team – set up in October 2008 to prevent harm by young people as perpetrators and to young people as victims – will also be on hand to safeguard vulnerable young people out on the streets at night.
Sergeant Paul Bristo from Holloway Safer Neighbourhoods team said: “This dispersal zone and other preventative measures we are taking should reassure the local community that we are listening to them and are determined to bring down the rate of anti-social behaviour in Holloway.
“We will continue to work with Islington Council and the young people concerned to ensure that everyone can live peacefully in their homes.”
Cllr Barbara Smith, Islington Council's Executive Member for Community Safety, said: "We are committed to taking firm action to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour when necessary. We work closely with Islington Police and others, and this dispersal zone is another good example of our joint work.
“The council also works closely with young people to offer alternatives to just 'hanging about' on the streets."
If you have any concerns about anti social behaviour in your area contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team or go online at http://www.met.police.uk/islington. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers with information anonymously on 0800 555 111.