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Woolwich town centre dispersal order targets yobs

PUBLISHED: 15:49 01 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:01 01 September 2010

Police officers will be escorting teenagers home if they cause trouble when a town centre dispersal order comes into force tomorrow.

Greenwich council and the police have approved a dispersal order which will enable the police to break up any groups who commit anti-social behaviour in Woolwich town centre.

They will also be able to escort home anyone aged 16 or under who is causing trouble within the dispersal area.

The measures have been brought in after complaints from members of the public who claim they were harassed by groups of youths.

PC Domenico Tucci of the Safer Transport Team said: “A large number of people travel into the area every day and we will ensure they are able to do so without being subjected to unacceptable behaviour. Tackling anti-social behaviour is one of our daily priorities, and we will continue to target those involved in this type of activity.”

The dispersal area is bordered by Woolwich High Street, Beresford Street, Burrage Road, Crescent Road, Nightingale Place, Grand Depot Road and John Wilson Street. It is expected to run for six months after which it will be reviewed.

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