In response to concern from the local community about large groups of young people congregating, causing criminal damage and being threatening to passers-by, Islington Anti Social Behaviour Team have introduced a three-month dispersal zone in Edward Square, N1 and surrounding area including the south part of Caledonian Road.
A Dispersal Order gives police the power to move on groups of two or more youths in an area, who are involved in or are likely to become involved in crime or anti-social behaviour. Those who fail to comply with a police request to move on, in the area known as a dispersal zone, can be arrested.
The Dispersal zone will start on Monday, 17 May 2010 and will remain in place until 17 August 2010. Barnsbury and Caledonian Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, the South Islington Problem Solving Team and the Safer Neighbourhoods Taskforce will be enforcing the order with increased patrols in the evenings.
To provide long-term solutions to this issue, Islington Council including Young Peoples Service will be working together to provide outreach support and landscape changes in order to engage the young people.
Graham Burke, Islington Anti Social Behaviour Team said:” The dispersal zone is aimed at breaking up large groups of young people who seem intent on causing trouble. This will not only protect local residents and traders from the noise, nuisance and threatening behaviour they have been suffering but will allow police to deal with individuals more effectively"
The Community Bulletin Board would like to hear your views on this matter – especially from local residents in the affected areas. Please post your comments…