DISPERSAL ORDER BACK FOR START OF HALF TERM
START OF HALF TERM HOLIDAY PROMPTS POLICE TO TAKE ACTION
UXBRIDGE town centre was a dispersal zone once again over fears of a repeat of last month’s 70-person afterschool brawl.
A dispersal order, which allows a police officer to ask any member of the public to leave a defined area or face arrest, was put in place starting at 2pm on Friday October 19 and lasted until 1.59pm on Sunday October 21. The move followed a similar order put in place last month after a huge street brawl between 70 schoolchildren in Uxbridge High Street.
The dispersal zone was enforced just hours before half term holidays began for schoolchildren in Uxbridge.
The latest Section 35 dispersal order was on High Street in Uxbridge, between the junction with Harefield Road and St John’s roundabout.
Inspector Bryan, who granted the order, told getwestlondon that it was a result of groups gathering in the area recently, leading to disorder.
He went on to add that a heightened police presence in the High Street, coupled with the order, would allow police to eject people from the town centre before any disorder happens.
Insp Bryan said: “Local police officers will be out patrolling in numbers in the coming weeks as we tackle antisocial behaviour that is seen to increase during this time of the year.
“I have authorised a Section 35 dispersal for Uxbridge High Street because we have seen groups gathering recently, which has led to disorder.
“Local officers will use this power to disperse groups before those problems have a chance to arise.”
A huge fight that took place in vari- ous locations along Uxbridge High Street on Monday September 10 led to a 48-hour dispersal order being put in place.
During the fight, uniformed schoolchildren could be seen brawling in the streets, while one person appears to have been dragged into the Clark’s store by a mob.
Three teenagers were arrested following the ugly scenes, although all have been released on investigation.
Uxbridge town centre
An estimated 70 schoolchildren were present when the fights broke out in September