Community calls to curb antisocial behaviour has led the Safer Croydon Partnership to impose a dispersal order on part of the Fieldway Estate. The order follows concerns about intimidation and harassment, and includes Field Way, Foxcombe, Danebury, Brierley and Elmside.
Cabinet member for community safety, Councillor Simon Hoar, said: “Shopkeepers, residents and councillors support this dispersal order and we will continue to work with the community to stop the minority causing unrest.”
The order started on Thursday 25 April and runs until Thursday 24 October. During this period, the orders empower the police to give the following directions:
- Tell people in the group to disperse (either immediately or at a stated time and in a stated way).
- Tell people who don’t live in the affected area to leave (either immediately or at a stated time and in a stated way).
- Tell people who don’t live in the affected area not to return to the affected area or any part of it for such period (not exceeding 24 hours) from when the direction was given, as he/she may specify.
To contravene a direction is an offence under Section 32 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, punishable by three months’ imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding £2,500.