Biggin Hill dispersal zone to tackle anti-social behaviour
PUBLISHED: 11:50 28 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:59 28 May 2013
Anti-social behaviour in Biggin Hill will be targetted by a new dispersal zone, giving police officers the power to move on anyone causing a nuisance.
The area has been hit by an upsurge in anti-social behaviour recently, with the local Safter Neighbourhood Team noting an influx of youths committing crimes.
The Biggin Hill Memorial Library and Pool, in Church Lane, is included in the new dispersal zone, which runs until November 18, after more than £46,000 worth of damage was caused by four youths.
Main Road and the Oaklands play area have also been subject to disorder.
Sgt Katey Martin, head of the Biggin Hill and Darwin Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said: “We will be continuing our patrols to tackle the issues in this area and police the individuals carrying out anti social behaviour. This dispersal area will assist us in protecting the community and solving the problems of anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood.”
Anyone found to contravene a direction from an officer could face a three month jail term, or a fine of up to £2,500.
There have previously been dispersal zones in Biggin Hill in 2008 and 2010.