Harrow town centre dispersal zone extended

Town centre dispersal zone extended

Town centre dispersal zone extended

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A dispersal zone set up to tackle anti-social behaviou has been extended.

With the support of Harrow Borough Council, police have renewed the zone covering Harrow town centre following consultation with businesses and councillors.

Officers will be able to order groups of people found causing anti-social behaviour in the area to leave and not return with 24 hours.

Those found to have returned can be arrested and face being jailed up to three months or being fined up to £2,500.

Borough commander Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens said: “Dispersal zones are a highly effective way of dealing with anti-social behaviour, which I know is of considerable concern to Harrow Residents.

“I can assure everybody that we will make robust use of this power in our efforts to make Harrow one of the safest boroughs in London.”

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12:23am Fri 9 May 14

diligaf says...

Mr Ovens exscuse the pun here, but how exactly are you going to police this? you dont have enough officers on the beat every day as it is, how are you going to cope at nite when the poor response officers are running them selves ragged running from call to call to call? may i suggest you leave your ivory towers and remember what you used to do as a police officer before you started to fly a desk!!
Mr Ovens exscuse the pun here, but how exactly are you going to police this? you dont have enough officers on the beat every day as it is, how are you going to cope at nite when the poor response officers are running them selves ragged running from call to call to call? may i suggest you leave your ivory towers and remember what you used to do as a police officer before you started to fly a desk!! diligaf
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8:22am Fri 9 May 14

surfnutt says...

Exactly Diligaf, take yesterday for example during the day lots of police in Wealdstone keeping the hoodies at bay which is great and an ANPR checkpoint outside homebase now come the evening the Zombies wake up and congregate outside the derelict pub in Wealdstone high st and do the usual drinking cans from the coat pocket and various dealings where are the police? Are theses low life's untouchable we need a full time police presence i pay full time taxes not part time taxes #shortchanged
Exactly Diligaf, take yesterday for example during the day lots of police in Wealdstone keeping the hoodies at bay which is great and an ANPR checkpoint outside homebase now come the evening the Zombies wake up and congregate outside the derelict pub in Wealdstone high st and do the usual drinking cans from the coat pocket and various dealings where are the police? Are theses low life's untouchable we need a full time police presence i pay full time taxes not part time taxes #shortchanged surfnutt
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12:40pm Fri 9 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

The extension of the dispersal order in the Town Centre is positively a huge help both to shop-keepers and the public alike and is to be welcomed.We are getting into better weather and longer days so its makes perfect sense to make this area more attractive by increasing its safety.We NEED the trade!

It's so easy to take pot-shots at the Police and the Borough Commander,in particular.Bear in mind,he can only do his best and deliver the maximum possible with the number of officers and resources in hand at this moment in time.He cannot produce additional officers out of a hat!Any tax-payers feeling they are being "short-changed " should lobby their local MP and Councillors to take this up on their behalf.

There simply isn't an endless pot of money to finance round-the-clock policing of the kind some of us would love to have.The entire nation has had to cut its coat according to the cloth available and this is not about to end.We still have some way to go before we can afford much more.In an ideal world things might be very different.

One fully understands the concerns sighted above but things ARE improving even in these troubled "hot-spots" with the local Police team focussing on making the area safer.

At least,we are managing to use whatever IS at our disposal to deal with nasty, anti-social elements.One can only hope more officers start arriving soon to enhance our policing.
The extension of the dispersal order in the Town Centre is positively a huge help both to shop-keepers and the public alike and is to be welcomed.We are getting into better weather and longer days so its makes perfect sense to make this area more attractive by increasing its safety.We NEED the trade! It's so easy to take pot-shots at the Police and the Borough Commander,in particular.Bear in mind,he can only do his best and deliver the maximum possible with the number of officers and resources in hand at this moment in time.He cannot produce additional officers out of a hat!Any tax-payers feeling they are being "short-changed " should lobby their local MP and Councillors to take this up on their behalf. There simply isn't an endless pot of money to finance round-the-clock policing of the kind some of us would love to have.The entire nation has had to cut its coat according to the cloth available and this is not about to end.We still have some way to go before we can afford much more.In an ideal world things might be very different. One fully understands the concerns sighted above but things ARE improving even in these troubled "hot-spots" with the local Police team focussing on making the area safer. At least,we are managing to use whatever IS at our disposal to deal with nasty, anti-social elements.One can only hope more officers start arriving soon to enhance our policing. Sonoo Malkani
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