As One Direction mania prepares to grip Wembley Stadium, Brent Council are teaming up with the Metropolitan Police over concerns 'vulnerable' young girls will be preyed on by crooks outside the shows.

The boy band are set to play at the stadium on June 6, 7 and 8 in what will be their first appearance at the home of England's football team, with each gig being a sell out.

Police say they are expecting 'thousands of young females' to turn up the night before the shows to camp out for the night in order to be first in line to get to the front of the stage to get as close as possible to Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

A police statement said: "There have been reports of groups turning up at the stadium using various tactics to steal from their victims.

 

"The young females expected to these concerts will be more vulnerable and easy pickings for the groups expected to turn up."

Because of this, police are introducing two dispersal zones in the Tokyngton and Wembley Central wards from 00.01am on June 5 until 23.59pm on June 8, meaning groups of individuals causing anti-social behaviour in the area can be instructed to leave and not return for a period of 24 hours.

If they return and continue to cause problems, police will have the power to arrest them, and fine them up to £2,500.

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Chris Williams, Brent Council’s head of community safety and emergency planning said: “Brent is delighted to host One Direction in Wembley this week.

"Amidst all the excitement, we would advise parents, carers and fans to take extra care and keep an eye on their possessions at all times.”

Police will regularly police the dispersal areas throughout the period of the dispersal notice, while leaflets will be distributed to residents and local businesses in the area and a map of the dispersal zone will be displayed in the area to encourage victims and witnesses to report anti-social behaviour.

The Met are also warning neighbours of the stadium: "Some very loud screaming and singing may take place."