Police have granted themselves extra powers ahead of rap star Eminem's performance at Wembley Stadium in a bid to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and crime.

The introduction of a 48-hour dispersal zone to cover the area surrounding Wembley Stadium leading up to and during the concert has been taken by Brent Police and Brent Council.

Brent Police Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Gallagher, said: "Brent Borough police have used dispersal zones at sporting and other events Wembley with great success.

"We have again engaged with the Local Authority, key partners and our communities to respond effectively to some of the issues that can be caused at large events through enabling us to remove those that engage in unacceptable or anti social behaviour from the environs of the stadium. As always, we will utilise the power with a common sense approach to ensure proportionality."

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The authorities took similar action ahead of One Direction's recent performance at the stadium.

It means that police will have the power to disperse groups of two or more people where they believe their presence or behaviour has resulted or is likely to result in members of the public being 'intimidated, alarmed or distressed'.

Councillor James Denselow, Labour's leader member for stronger communities, said: "Brent Council is working with Brent Police to ensure that people attending the Eminem concert can enjoy the event and be safe in the knowledge that any anti-social behaviour will be dealt with appropriately.

"The safety of our residents and visitors is of huge important to us and we will continue to work together to ensure this."

Groups of individuals causing anti-social behaviour in the dispersal area will be instructed to leave and not return for a period of 24 hours.

If they were to return and continue to cause problems, they can be arrested.

Anyone found guilty of contravening a direction under a dispersal order can face up to three months imprisonment or a fine of up to £2,500.

The dispersal order was introduced at midnight today and will run until 23.59pm tomorrow (Saturday).