Jan 31 2013 By Carl Gavaghan
A DISPERSAL zone to allow police to remove troublemakers from Uxbridge town centre will come into effect tomorrow (Friday).
Hillingdon Police in partnership with Hillingdon Council have enforced a dispersal following complaints from businesses and members of the public about anti-social behaviour.
It will take effect from 3pm on Friday and last until 10pm on July 31.
The order, which allows police to remove people from the area for up to 24 hours, will run from Monday to Saturday during the hours of 3pm to 10pm.
There will be targeted action to help the community and remove intimidation and anti-social behaviour from this area. The order is being introduced in the area comprised by the boundary of (and including):
High Street Uxbridge from Harefield Road to Belmont Road
Belmont Road from High Street Uxbridge to York Road / Lancaster Road
Cedars car park on all levels.
Area as defined by the map. Includes all alleyways and car parks off roads mentioned.
In areas, above, police and community support officers have the power to disperse groups where their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed. The individuals can then be excluded from a specific area for up to 24 hours.
Young people under the age of 16 found in the area between 9pm and 6am, who are not accompanied by a responsible adult, may be taken home by a uniformed police officer if they are involved in, or at risk from, anti-social behaviour. If individuals refuse to follow the direction to disperse they that could result in a fine or imprisonment.
A Constable in uniform may arrest without warrant an individual who fails to comply with a direction to disperse. An individual who knowingly refuses to comply with a direction will be committing an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a term of imprisonment of up to three months or both.