NUISANCE people causing a disturbance on an industrial estate will be forced to move on thanks to new police powers.
Brent Council and Brent Police have introduced a dipersal zone straddling Stonebridge ward in Brent and Hanger Hill ward in Ealing which came into effect on Thursday and will run for six months.
Locals and business owners had complained of large groups of people loitering, the sound of revving motorbikes, and passers-by demonstrating threatening, intimidating and aggressive behaviour towards others.
Sergeant Mark Kelly, of Stonebridge Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT), said: “This order is specifically aimed at groups which gather at this location and encourage motorcyclists and drivers to drive anti-socially.
“As the location primarily comprises an industrial estate, some offenders may have believed that their behaviour was not affecting the wider community but it actually has had a profound effect on the lives of both Ealing and Brent residents.
“Their presence has persistently intimidated passers-by and local residents and the anti-social behaviour that has been displayed will not be tolerated any longer.
“During the length of the order we will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the area and target offenders and to ensure we police this order as effectively as possible, I ask residents to continue to notify us of any anti-social activity taking place in the area.”
Within the zone PCs and PCSOs have the power to instruct groups to leave and not return for 24 hours. Breaching this order is a criminal offence.
The dispersal zone covers Rainsford Road, Twyford Abbey Road, Abbey Road, Coronation Road, Lakeside Drive, across industrial area to Rainsford Road, including all streets, open spaces, communal spaces and car parks within the area.