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Disperal zone for Luton and Wayfield

Date: 06/12/2011           Category: Community Safety

A dispersal zone has been introduced in an area of Medway following complaints from residents.

Medway Police have joined forces with Medway Council to disperse groups of troublemakers who have been behaving anti-socially in the Luton and Wayfield area.

The aim of the dispersal zone is to prevent and disrupt anti-social behaviour by identifying known troublemakers.

A dispersal notice has been introduced for a number of designated roads within the Luton area, they are: Luton High Street, Tramways, Church Terrace, Coronation Road, Upper Luton Road (Lower), Church Hill, Beacon Road, Beacon Hill, Village View, Queens Road, Kings Road and Nelson Terrace.

The order will run from Saturday, 10 December 2011 until Saturday, 10 March 2012 and will be managed by Inspector David Matson from the Medway Neighbourhood Team.

Police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Medway Council Enforcement Officers can disperse groups of two or more people and tell those who do not live in the area to leave and not return for up to 24 hours.

Anyone who refuses or breaches the notice can be arrested. It is punishable on conviction of a custodial sentence of up to three months and/or a fine of up to £2,500.

Acting Chief Inspector Richard Cherry from North Division – Medway District Neighbourhood Team said: “This dispersal zone will help us to combat anti-social behaviour at the same time as implementing long term solutions with our partners.

”We are introducing this zone on behalf of the residents and hope this demonstrates the pro-active approach that the police and council take to tackle local issues.”

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O'Brien said: “We took into serious consideration the concerns of residents before deciding to implement this dispersal zone. I am confident this step will help us to improve the quality of life for residents in the area and demonstrates our commitment to responding to the needs of communities in Medway.”

Dispersal notice posters highlighting the designated area along with timescales will be placed in the Luton and Wayfield area.