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No go area for youths

PUBLISHED: 17:12 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:33 25 August 2010

CHILDREN are to be banned from streets surrounding a station on summer evenings, writes Marina Soteriou. Streets around Sidcup rail station were made out of bounds to unaccompanied under-16s between 9pm and 6am, on Friday, March 14.

CHILDREN are to be banned from streets surrounding a station on summer evenings, writes Marina Soteriou.

Streets around Sidcup rail station were made out of bounds to unaccompanied under-16s between 9pm and 6am, on Friday, March 14.

The zone will stretch from Ye Old Black Horse in Halfway Street to Manor Road, and from Kingsmead Close to Jubilee Way and part of Hurst Road.

Police will also be able to disperse any groups of two or more people if they are suspected of antisocial behaviour.

Bexley Superintendent Martin Bagg said: "This zone allows us to disperse groups of people, before a crime takes place." Last December Tesco, in Station Road, had its alcohol licence suspended for three months after police realised teenagers were regularly buying drink there.

Sidcup councillor June Slaughter was delighted that a 'firm hand' was being used in the area.

She said: "Residents and businesses in all areas deserve to go about their everyday business and leisure without feeling afraid or intimidated."

Children found in the zone after 9pm will be taken home, and anyone who disobeys an order to leave can be fined up to £2,500 or jailed for three months.

The curfew will be enforced until September 13.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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