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Erith dispersal zone aims to tackle anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 12:26 28 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 28 May 2013

A new dispersal zone around Arthur Street in Erith today (Tuesday) aims to tackle anti-social behaviour in an area plagued by troublesome youngsters.

It means children under 16 cannot go in the zone between 9pm and 6am without a parent or responsible adult.

Police officers and PCSOs also have powers to disperse groups of two or more people who are behaving or likely to behave anti-socially in the area from Northend Road until Peareswood Road..

Cllr Don Massey, Bexley Council cabinet member for community safety and leisure, said: “Residents told us they felt intimidated, harassed or alarmed by the number of young people loitering on the estate and causing trouble.

“Of the people who responded to our consultation on a dispersal zone, 98 per cent were in favour of it. The zone is just one means of tackling anti-social behaviour.”

The new powers will stay in place until November 27.

For more information contact Lorna Mills at Bexley Council on 020 0345 3994 or email lorna.mills@bexley.gov.uk.

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