DIS­PER­SAL OR­DER BACK FOR START OF HALF TERM

START OF HALF TERM HOL­I­DAY PROMPTS PO­LICE TO TAKE AC­TION

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@reach­plc.com @qasim­per­acha

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

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