A FLURRY of complaints about antisocial behaviour in Feltham High Street has led to drastic action from local police.
From Thursday March 17, a dispersal zone will be introduced in the centre of town, giving police the power to ask troublemakers to leave and not return to the zone within a 24 hour period.
Reports of harassment, intimidation and verbal abuse in the town centre have led police to take serious action.
Sergeant Nigel Treacy from the Feltham West Safer Neighbourhood Team said there have been "many complaints" about antisocial behaviour in the High Street since last summer.
He added: "People have been intimidated and some are scared to come to the town centre. We have been monitoring and collecting evidence on this with the dispersal order in mind."
The dispersal order has been put in place to help officers deal with the problems reported by residents. People causing antisocial behaviour can be told to move on, and if they refuse, or come back they can be arrested.
The last dispersal order in Feltham was in 2008.
Sgt Treacy said: "This dispersal zone will allow officers to disperse people causing antisocial behaviour effectively, and if they refuse they can be arrested."
As well as police officers, Pcso's will also be able to disperse trouble makers with the help of the dispersal zone.
The order, which is due to start this week, will run until 9am on Saturday September 17 2011.
Notices are being placed in and around the area.
Police and Pcso's have pledged to regularly police the dispersal areas throughout the period of the dispersal notice.
The Feltham West Safer Neighbourhood Team can be contacted by calling 020 82476301 or by email at email@example.com
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