Police are set to boost their own powers in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour after persistent problems.
Brent Council have sanctioned the introduction of a new dispersal zone in Stonebridge following complaints of intimidation, harassment of local business, using threatening language, verbal abuse, fighting, and threats and acts of violence.
The dispersal order will allow police as of Sunday until October 6 to instruct individuals and groups to leave the area, and not to return for 24 hours. Anyone found guilty of ignoring an order can face up to three months imprisonment or a fine of up to £2,500.
Councillor James Denselow, Labour's lead member for stronger communities, said: "We will not tolerate criminal or anti social behaviour in our borough and in direct response to the concerns that have been raised by residents in Stonebridge, we are implementing a dispersal zone with Brent police which will prevent nuisance behaviour and help residents feel safer."
Police will now regularly police the dispersal areas throughout the period of the dispersal notice, which includes the IKEA store on Drury Way, Wembley.
Brent Police's Chief Inspector Andy Jones said: "We are beginning to utilise these dispersal zones on a regular basis in order to remove individuals from areas where there are repeat incidents of ASB.
"It has proved to be a successful tactic to reduce the nuisance and disorder.
"As usual we will now police the zone, in accordance with the law but also with a common sense approach."
Leaflets are to be distributed to households 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 and act as a warning to deviants.
The introduction of dispersal zones is becoming a regular feature of Brent policing tactics, with the zones also being currently sanctioned in Dudden Hill, Welsh Harp, Kensal Green, Willesden Green and Wembley Central.
This new Stonebridge dispersal zone will cover the North Circular Road junction, Harrow Road, Tillet Close, Overton Close, Rainsborough Close, Owen Way, Landsbury Close, Beasant Way, Lovett Way, Duray Way and Brentfield Park.
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