Friday, 1 October 2021

Dispersal Zone authorised for Belvedere & Bexleyheath Broadway to Welling

Authority to use Dispersal Powers and to Remove Persons Under 16 to a Place where they Live or a Place of Safety Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 - Part 3


Inspector Richard Lowe has authorised a dispersal for the area with the boundary roads of, Dylon road, Picardy Street, Station and including Station Road an railway place in Belvedere and an additional dispersal from Bexleyheath Broadway to welling. He has authorised this due to ongoing and problematic anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in the area and the tragic murder of a 40 year old male

He places the second in Bexleyheath & Welling to support out night time economy operation and link to night time economy crime and following the use of a knife in Welling, as seen on national media.


There is a policing operation in the area over the period and the local community can expect to see an increase in officers in the vicinity. We are working with our partners in Kent Police to provide a significant number of officers to the locality.


This has been authorised by Inspector Richard Lowe between 1800HRS on the 1st October until 1759HRS on the 3rd October 2021.    


The purpose of this is to reduce violent crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.


This means that individuals that act in a manner which is resulting or likely to result, in any member of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or likely to cause disorder or commit crime, will be directed to leave the area highlighted in the maps attached with this post by a Constable in uniform or a Police Community Support Officer.

 

The authorisation means that a constable can also direct the individual to surrender to the constable any item in the person’s possession or control that the constable reasonably believes has been used or is likely to be used in behaviour that harasses, alarms or distresses members of the public.

 

The direction can be given to anyone over the age of 10. The officer will be able to return children under 16 home or to another place of safety if they are behaving anti-socially and are not accompanied by an adult. Other powers are available for individuals under 10 years of age. Section 39 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act, allows for offenders to be arrested by a Police Constable, and if convicted has a maximum penalty of three months’ imprisonment and/or £2500. Failure to hand over surrendered items would also be a criminal offence and would have a penalty of up to a £500 fine.

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