Given the violence in Wealdstone over the past few months we can only hope the decision to hand police additional powers there will bring troubles to a halt.
The murder of teenager Hassan Kul Hawadleh came as a shock to everyone in Harrow and action quite clearly needed to be taken.
But for some time the High Street has been an area of concern.
So while this dispersal order can only be viewed as a good thing for the ward, it does beg the question, why wasn't it used before?
Of course we can't expect the police to predict the future and must praise them for the use of this measure, it's just a shame that a young man had to die before reactive steps were taken to reduce problems in Wealdstone.
Let's hope Wealdstone High Street has seen the last of its violence and congregating teens will no longer intimidate law abiding residents.
We must catch perpetrators
EMERGENCY services workers do a tremendous job and should not fall victim to savage, needless attacks like the one experienced by a local paramedic this week.
These indispensable public employees put themselves on the front line while earning a relatively low wage and having to work long shifts and odd hours.
That is why the Observer is urging anyone with information on the despicable animals who beat up the ambulance worker at the station in South Harrow on Saturday to contact the police.
After all, those who carried out the burglary will never know when they will have need to call on paramedics themselves.
A wider implication is that if the London Ambulance Service has to devote more resources to protecting its employees, there could be less money available for saving lives and this could affect any one of us.