THREE boroughs have teamed up to crackdown on a group of men who gather looking for work early each morning.
Brent Council and Brent Police are working with colleagues in Barnet and Camden to introduce a six-month dispersal zone to address concerns about men congregating in the Mapesbury area between 6am and 9am every morning.
Neighbours have reported that they drink, urinate and leave rubbish in the area.
The dispersal order came into effect on Monday, May 27, and will run until November 26 and mean police officers on patrol can instruct groups of individuals causing anti-social behaviour to leave and not return for a period of 24 hours.
If they are found in the area after the initial warning they can be arrested and if found guilty of contravening the dispersal order can face up to three years in prison or a fine of up to £2,500.
Sergeant Rob Gibbs, from Mapesbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “In the last few months the team have carried out a total of six weeks of action on the ward to target the men congregating in the area waiting for work and those looking to employ them and in doing so fraudulently evading tax.
“We have achieved some successful results throughout this time, 19 people were arrested for various offences including robbery, burglary, handling stolen goods, possession of drugs with intent to supply and fraudulent evasion of tax.”