Saturday, June 30, 2007
MURDER CAPITAL OF LONDON?
How a year changed Brixton
Published 28 June 2007 ARTICLE FROM NEWS STATESMAN
Any conflict between young blacks in south London, no matter how insignificant, can now lead to loss of life
One Saturday afternoon last summer, as I eased along Coldharbour Lane in Brixton to visit my mates, a crowd of black, Caribbean women was assembling further down the street. Voices were raised. A conflict was brewing.
Two young women, with bairns in their prams, stood toe-to-toe exchanging the vilest abuse. Cheers and shouts of approbation greeted every insult. It turned out that both had given birth to babies fathered by the same man, and had done so almost simultaneously. They offered their public evidence of what he bought for their respective offspring, at what price, at what shops and with what brand names, too.
All this was punctuated with crude expletives, the likes of which I remember hearing as a boy in our working-class community in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; in Kingston, Jamaica; in St John's, Antigua, and wherever else I have been in the Caribbean.
Soon, police vehicles drew up alongside and officers were about to intervene. I offered my opinion that they were merely witnessing public entertainment. They took my word and went on their way. The gathering then quietly dispersed, abuse being hurled on both sides of the love divide. There was not even a hint of physical violence amid this verbal slug-fest.
A couple of weeks ago an incident similar to the one I have just described took place only a stone's throw from my home here in south London. Two mothers with children by the same man clashed in a torrent of abuse, each with supporters in tow. The verbals were as vile as those that their counterparts had issued in Brixton the previous year. The taunts were laced with sarcasm; the interventions were bitter and sharp.
There the similarity ends. One of them produced a knife and rammed the blade into the body of her rival, who fell to the ground. Her friend came to the rescue, cuddling the injured woman as she uttered her last words, "Don't let me go! Please, don't let me go!" Then she took her last breath, and died.
Within a year much has changed. Any conflict between young blacks in south London, no matter how insignificant, can now lead to loss of life. This used to be exclusively a male preserve: now our daughters and sisters are involved. There was not much for the police to investigate. They knew within seconds of arriving on the scene who did what to whom. Friends spilled the beans and are prepared to be witnesses in court.
This murderous meanness of spirit is winging its way throughout the black communities of this unpleasant land. I am certain that black communities are not much more deprived than any others in the UK. But a frustration is building up among them, based on the feeling they are being denied equal opportunities because of their skin colour. The good life appears to be slipping from them, never to be retrieved in their lifetimes.
They believe that they deserve more than the menial jobs that their parents performed a generation ago. All the material wealth accumulated by the white, upper-middle classes is flaunted before their very eyes. Bemused and confused they turn savagely against each other. Death stalks; gratuitous internecine violence is the order of the day. A French-West Indian psychologist, Frantz Fanon, paid particular attention to this social phenomenon before and during the struggle for Algerian independence from France.
Prior to the beginning of the war, Algerians displayed the most destructive violence against each other. Fanon surmised that this was a consequence of the helplessness they felt when faced with the Herculean task of confronting the colonial power. There is a ring of truth to this. Prior to April 1981, when the insurrection of black youth was launched against the police all over the UK, the same internecine strife was at large.
Linton Kwesi Johnson described the moment in his poem, "Five Nights of Bleeding": "Steelblade drinkin' blood in darkness, it's/War amongs' the rebels/Madness, madness, war."
One does not lead inevitably to the other. There is time for intervention from the powers-that-be. Even so, I am not holding my breath. In these past weeks, there have been plenty of political debates as senior politicians canvassed for the deputy leadership of the ruling party. These were going on as Sian, the deceased, lay dying on one of south London's streets.
Harriet Harman, the successful candidate for the post of deputy leader of the Labour Party, talked about everything on the face of this earth, ranging from Guantanamo Bay to whatever else. But there was nary a word about the loss of life of young black men and women on the streets of her constituency, which is known among young blacks as the murder capital of London.
BROCKWELL LIDO OPENS 6.45AM MONDAY 2ND. JULY
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Friday, June 29, 2007
TESSA JOWELL MP TAKES UP PORTFOLIO FOR THE OLYMPICS AND LONDON IN THE NEW BROWN TEAM
having successfully led the bid for 2012 OLYMPICS WITH SEBASTIAN COE AND KEN LIVINGSTONE Dulwich and West Norwood MP has been appointed Minister of State, - see below .
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
A WONDERFUL SNAP OF TWO ELEPHANT MOTHS MATING. TAKEN BY THE HERNE HILL STATION NEWSAGENT GARY.
This was the result of at least two dozen shots and a bit of contortion on Gary's part
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTIONDescription of person being sought in connection with police enquiriesman 25-25 5.10" stocky , white, brown or ginger hair. finger moustacheand triangular beard black rimmed glasses.( Could be a disguise) Village ward police 8721 2446
FIND OUT ABOUT HERNE HILL SOCIETY
HERNE HILL SOCIETY OPEN DAY
ERNE HILL STATION STALL
on Saturday 30th June
time 10a.m. - 3p.m.
Please call Brenda if you could spare an hour to help run it
Tel: 020 7771 1409
It's a good way to get to know other members and help our Society attract new members with our publications.
HERITAGE TRAIL WALK PART 1
guided by Robert Holden
on Sunday 1st July
meet at 2pm outside Herne Hill Station
ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION
ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION 25th JUNE
Can you please circulate this information as appropriate.
Apparently, a year 10 child was grabbed on her way home from orchestra practice at Dulwich Hamlet by a male stranger in Frankfurt Avenue yesterday late afternoon. She was one of 3 year six pupils froi Dulwich Hamlet . He dropped the child after her friend screamed for help. I am told that this man has previously been seen around the area acting suspiciously recently. The police are, of course, involved.
This is confirmed as a warning has been ciruculated to local schools including Charter.
Monday, June 25, 2007
LATE NIGHT ECONOMY
MUFY'S BAR RESTAURANT APPLIES FOR EXTENDED HOURS AND MUYSIC LICENESE TILL 2AM AT WEEKENDS/ SUMMER PERIOD
SEE BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS.
New police community support officers take to the streets
The first five new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), funded by Lambeth Council, have started their beat in Brixton.
The five joined Councillor Mark Bennett, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, in central Brixton on their first day on the job on Wednesday (30 May 2007).
They are the first of the 22 extra PCSOs being funded by Lambeth Council to bolster the fight against crime across the borough.
The PCSOs replace the old warden scheme. The main differences between the two groups is that the PCSOs have greater powers and will report directly to Lambeth Police.
Councillor Bennett said: "I am delighted to meet five of the new PCSOs and see them deployed on the streets. We feel that putting them directly under the control of Lambeth Police will make them more effective in preventing crime and the fear of crime on the streets."
The council has made fighting crime its number one priority and the new PCSOs are part of that drive.
Recently released crime figures showed that overall crime is dropping in Lambeth with significant reductions in mugging and assault.
The PCSOs underwent an intensive training programme before joining the Brixton Police Team.
Brixton PCSO Terence Pring said: "We are looking forward to getting out into the community and being there to meet and help people on the streets. We are the first point of call for the community."
The Brixton PCSOs will work 10 hour shifts across seven days a week and be on duty from 7am to midnight.
New PCSOs will be joining Lambeth across the summer.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
PUBS ARE PLACES OF ENJOYMENT LET HELP KEEP IT THAT WAY FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
Friday, June 22, 2007
HISTOIRE AMUSANTE........... you know that BT Manhole coverwith barriers around it by the traffic lights under the Junction Railbridge... that's been like that for six months... well I reported this a to Southwark who said they would chase it up................ on a second enquiry they said although it was a Southwark pavement its was managed by Lambeth and that I would have to phone Lambeth to ask them to phone up BT. . Now I don't think I will wait for Lambeth as we are still waiting to hear why they didn't turn up in Norwood Road last Friday week to discuss carrying out necessary repairs.So I reported the position through BT's website...................this morning I got a call from BT in India who then connected me to someone in UK. the person in the the UK didn't have sight of my email ( its in India so I had to go through the process of reporting the whole thing again and you trying giving a precise address for under the bridge............. THE BT CONTACT FOR THIS IS 151 REPAIRS/ FAULTS REFERENCE LSI XXV 85. if any one wants to chase this up
SOUTHWARK CONSIDER HERNE HILL FOR SATURATION POLICY ON LICENSED PREMISES.
However because of a lack of evidence- there have been only two complaints to the noise team in the last five years. It was not consider a suitable case for treatment but would be considered in 6 months. An almost complete lack of an crime statistics especially from the Lambeth didn't help the review.
At a special meeting last night of the licensing committee. the following point s were made.
1. the review took place after only six months.
2. The need for a holistic approach and Southwark have recognised this in the report but
effective inter borough inter agency working is another matter
3. The rapidly changing situation over the last few months and particular the gradual collective awareness to the extent of late night noise and issues of parking and dispersals
in Stradella, Croxted, Guernsey and Hawarden.
4. The noise and disruption in central Herne Hill and in particular the increased customer numbers and external use of gardens attached to pubs and premises and affecting residents in Rymer and Railton.
The direction of the new act is largely objections are not considered valid- perceived
problems from possible changes.
ONLY REGISTERED COMPLAINTS COUNCIL REGARDING ANY INFRINGEMENTS
Police call outs.
In particular in Herne Hill you need o to report to the appropriate borough.
Page 9 of this report gives the council's assessment.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
DISTURBANCES GASTRO PUBS AND LOTS OF SOCIAL COMMENT
STREET DISORDER IN HERNE HILLVIEWS ON GASTRO PUBS IN HERNE HILLTHE MIDDLE CLASSES IN HERNE HILLFISH AND CHIPS AND LOTS MORE AT OLLEY'SMERITSOF BROCCOLI AND MUSHY PEASAND WHERE ALL THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE CAME FROMWHERE HAVE ALL THE TRADITIONAL PUBS AND DRINKERS GONE( A SERIOUS AND AMUSING SET OF COMMENTS URBAN 75)
(EMANATING FROM LAST WEEKENDS DISTURBANCES)http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=211506
STREET DRINKING BY HALF MOON
HALF MOON PUB EXTERNAL DRINKING EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT SUNDAY TO THURSDAY AND 1AM AT WEEKENDS.
Despite 27 objectors the Half Moon Has been given extended hours fro drinking in front of the pub. Southwark's noise team said the junction was so noisy from traffic that any additional disturbance would not be noticed by residents living in the flats nearby.
Numbers will be restricted. and the manager assured the objectors and licensing officer
that the area would be well managed.
Apparently there was no police information to justify a refusal.
STREET DISORDER AND DISTURBANCES IN LOCAL LICENSED PREMISES IN HERNE LAST WEEKEND
Last weekend saw several police call outs to disturbances In Half Moon Lane, Railton Road and Dulwich Road. Incidents took place
and the new owners of the FLORENCE AKA Ganleys, formerly the Brockwell Park Tavern, had the good sens to close Saturday evening to allow a cooling down.
However this did not prevent a late night violent brawl starting in Half Moon Lane and ending up with windows at the prince Regent being smashed.
To night Southwark council will consider the review of the 2003 Licensing Act which came into force last year. the review covers the first 6 months only and is really premature. Lambeth are about start their review which will cover 18 months and give us a much more realistic opportunity to make qualitative judgements based on experiences over a longer period and the collective awareness that now exists about problems emanating from longer licensing hours and indeed the impacts of the smoking ban.
Herne Hill is considered in the terms of the Southwark review not requiring any saturation policy as the crime stats are low. This is not the case.
Herne Hill commercial centre and the residential roads around it and affected by late night dispersals. cross two boroughs, three wards, three Safer Neighbourhood Teams each of which is in a separate policing sub command. Brixton/ Streatham/ Dulwich. This split responsibility affects all
public services and is the principle reason that Herne Hill is in a state of commercial decay ( mostly).
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
POLICECHIFE FOR LAMBETH
LAMBETH'S NEW POLICE COMMANDER SHAROW ROWE.
Career Profile in enfield and challenges and comparisons with the newrole in Lambeth
Monday, June 18, 2007
LLOYDS BANK REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEFollowing 3 raid since Christmas and 13 raids on 4 years Lloyds bank today remains closed at the start of the third week. a notice on the door confirms the current position.We are pursuing this matter through poitical channels. to try and ensure its future.
ALIEN CRAFT ON LIDO ROOF
ALIEN CRAFT LANDS ON LIDO ROOF
Yes I absolutely agree with you. I've been watching them putting this up over the past months and can't believe that after all the care and expense lavished on it, they should have bunged a shoddy box on the roof that disturbs sight-lines to/from the Lido and is just a cheap and nasty box.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
RECYCLING- ITS COMPULSORY
RECYCLING IN SOUTHWARK
Households across the borough have been visited recently reminding them of the responsibility to recycle.Its not an optional matter now and fines can be imposed of £75 where breaches occur.
Its a serious matter. Government targets require substantial and continuous
reduction in the tonnage of waste going to Landfill. ( presently 60,000 tons
to be reduced to 25,000 tons by 2019 )
Saturday, June 16, 2007
LAMBETH'S LICENSING REVIEW.
LAMBETH'S REVIEW OF LICENSING POLICY 10TH MAYLambeth's Environment Scrutiny considered a paper on 10th May of how the statutory review should take place.The document is herehttp://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/Published/C00000111/M00000328/AI00002211/$Item5LicensingMay2007.docA.ps.pdf
The main paragraphs quote here
2.3 Officers will prepare a document that sets out the parts of the policy that they consider need to be reviewed.
2.6some parts of the current policy do not adequately reflect the changes that have occurred. For example many premises in residential areas have extended their opening hours beyond those that were envisaged in the original policy.2.7 consideration needs to be given to revising the policy in relation to issues such as these, so that applicants are clear that there is an expectation that the will take account of the potential impact of the premises on the vicinity, particularly in residential areas............by carrying out their own consultation with neighbours before submitting an application.Further pointsOne of the Licensing objectives is the prevention of crime and disorder.Another is the prevention of public nuisance...control of noiseDraft revised policy to be drafted for July 2007.EXTERNAL CONSULTATION August 2007.
SOUTHWARK LICENSING COMMITTEE MEETS21ST JUNE 7PM AT TOWN HALLAgenda items include saturation policy and Clr Toby Eckerlseythis should relate to Herne Hill.the more citizens become aware of the licensing laws the better
Friday, June 15, 2007
MAYORAL FUNDING FOR CYCLISTS
MORE FUNDING FOR BIKE INITIATIVES
Sent on behalf of Valerie Shawcross AM
Sustainable Transport Survey
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone recently announced plans for huge investment in facilities for cyclists in London as it was revealed that more Londoners are taking to two wheels than ever before. The additional funding, via Transport for London will be used to provide more cycle parking spaces, improve cycle lanes and continue work on the London Cycle Network. I want to find out about your views on cycling as a sustainable form of transport in the capital, what would encourage you to take up cycling if you do not already, or what would make cycling more pleasant for you.
I would very much appreciate it if you could take five minutes to fill in my online survey at http://FreeOnlineSurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=k9l8owbpt0ilxqj312507I shall be feeding the results of this survey back to the Mayor so that he and TfL can better direct their investment programme towards what Londoners really want in order to get on their bikes!
As an Assembly Member I'm able to submit one or two questions on behalf of local residents at the monthly Mayor's Question Time, providing they are relevant to the Mayor and are issues of concern to Londoners. If you have a suggestion such a question, please send it to me at the above email address.
London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark
PS If you know of anyone else that would like to be included in my 'e-panel' please don't hesitate to forward them this email so they can take part.
HALF MOON LANE
GAS WORKS IN HALF MOON LANE / JUNCTION DELAYSThe major gas pipe renewals going on in Half Moon Lane are fast approaching the Herne Hill Junction and a site meeting took placebetween the Gas Company, Morrison Construction and TFL this morningclearly indicating that work is to commence soon under the railbridge sobeware of possible disruption when this starts.
LLOYDS BANK UNLIKELY TO OPEN?Reliable sources indicate that Lloyds Bank have net yet set a date for reopening the HALF MOON LANE BRANCH. The Bank remains closed today 15th June.We understand that following 13 raids in the last 4 years and one a couple of weeks ago and certainly three since January there are major safety concerns for the staff .
Thursday, June 14, 2007
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL 5TH JULY ONE NIGHT ONLY.
A chance to see local Herne Hill Resident perform at the QEH. 7.30
Linton has invited an all star line up of some of most musical and socially
conscious poets from across the globe.
BECOME A SITE CONTRIBUTOR
DO YOU WANT TO POST ARTICLES ON THIS SITE.YOU CAN DO SO SIMPLY BY POSTING NEWS/ INFORMATION DIRECTLY BY EMAIL ONCE YOU ARE SET UP AS A CONTRIBUTOR.Email email@example.com for an invitation .This is the only "work" required.Once you have set up an access password exclusive for your own use and known only to you........ you then set up an email with this password in it then after that its as simple as sending an email.................
Thanks to the two members who have offered to help with our website construction.
A preliminary meeting has been held.
BOUNDARY ISSUES NORWOOD ROADFollowing pressure from traders and the Herne Hill Forum Clr. Robin Crookshank Hilton, Village Ward has organised a site meeting of officers from both Lambeth and Southwark to ensure that clarity on who is responsible for what on our boundaries is made clear. For long enough the Norwood Road in particular has suffered . The short term aim also is to improve the conditions on the Norwood Road and its is expected that an application to have trees planted will be made shortly.
licensing in Lambeth
GRANT/ RENEWAL OF LICENSES/ LAMBETH/ GENERAL CRITERIA
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
LIDO OPENS 2ND JULY 6.45AMAgainst considerable odds the LIDO is to open according to schedule. Our SPy in the SKy Peter Bradley gives the following report.
Last Thursday and Friday, the pool was swept and scrubbed. Today, Tuesday June 12 in the afternoon, the water started filling the pool. As I write, after 8pm, it has gone past the mid point, heading for the shallow end, where the red boat is still beached.
Most of the builders' clutter has been removed from the poolside.
Outside, tarmac has been laid on the approach path from the car park to the new ceremonial entrance path with its cycle racks and three flagpoles. Turf is to be laid either side of the path next week.
The swimming season is due to start July 2 at 6.45am - be there or be square. Tuesday July 10 is the actual anniversary - 70 years to the day when it was opened in 1937. Swims on the birthday will cost... 70p!
There will be cake cutting at 9am and 2pm, though slices will be available throughout the day. The Lido Book will be available all day, at a special launch price of £5 (normally £6.99), with book signings by yours truly at 9am and 2pm.http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/NewsL.asp?id=SX132A-A77F5880
its here its official
All the best,
SPACE CRAFT LANDS ON LIDO
ALIEN CRAFT LANDS ON ROOF OF NEW LIDO EXTENSION.
IN BROCKWELL PARK
Have you seen it yet ?. It seems to be permanent. It looks like a large wooden hut about the length of 10 normal sized portacabins and its painted white.
It rather negates the effect of the replica facade even down to the sourcing of bricks to match those used in 1937 and indeed makes a laughing stock of the
Conservation Planning officer's insistence on recessed pointing.
Its nice to see our Park's Heritage values so cherished .
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THE NEW WAY FORWARD.
Neighbourhood Partnerships.( np)
A NP is and organisation rooted within a defined neighbourhood ( which maybe located within a war across wards, or indeed boroughs) which exists to improve the co-ordination of services between the statutory, 3rd. and private sectors within the defined neighbourhood.
Safer Neighbourhoods Panels
The SNP brings together local policing resources , ward Councillors local community Representatives, alongside other partners to work together to reduce crime and disorder and improve people's quality of life through strong cohesive neighbourhoods, where people are proud to live, work ,learn and prosper.
Resources will be sought to support the ward councillor to deliver quick response to address small issues within the ward, such as minor piece of remedial work or small contribution towards a local community festival or event.,
ACs bring together the key stakeholders within a locality, including businesses, voluntary and community groups, statutory service providers, social enterprises Safer Neighbourhood Panels, tenant and residents groups etc. The purpose of the AC is to assess the overall priorities and influence strategic commissioning of services in the locality.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MAJOR CHANGES IN LAMBETH.
Following the introduction of the Community Engagement procedures. Both Norwood Area Committee and Streatham made a formal proposal to the Cabinet on 11th June to be allowed to continue in view of the current
" democratic deficits that have arisen ". Little was said as clearly some sort of
deals are being done. and Steve Reed agreed to meet the leaders of both main opposition parties..
COMMUNITY CALLS FOR ACTION
What is being presented as a new means of taking issues of major concern to the council is rather like scaling a fortified castle.
1. You must have a serious matter to be considered.
2. You must then get the signatures of at least 500 people, this higher number has been given as the Council feel they have been duped in earlier petitions with doubtful signatures. Well Reallly!!
3, You must then get the written support of 4 councillors
.4. The issue then may be considered by the relevant Scrutiny committee.
Once all other possible channels have been exhausted Officers/ Cabinet member/LSP
It must be of a social economic and environmental importance to the borough.
so for example the recent debacvle of the closure of the BRIXTON REC would not qualify.
Two recent examples of the workings and impartiality at recenbt meetings of
ENVIRONMENT SCRUTINY. members from one party left after and hour
leaving the meeting inquorate an unable to continue..
At last night's Cabinet, the chair of the Hosuing Scrutiny Clr Bowyer said that he had to leave the meeting early and that the resolution that was passed by the committee on the casting vote of the acting chair Clr Clyne could be disregarded.
1. Hyperlinks for Cabinet
2. Housing Scrutiny of you are interested in ALMOs then the detail of para
7 should be of interest.
Friday, June 08, 2007
LAMBETH POLICE COMMANDER
NEW BOROUGH POLICE COMMANDER FOR LAMBETH.
CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT SHARON ROWE APPOINTED.
Sharon Rowe will take up the appointment on the 1st July. This post is described as one of the most challenging policing roles in Europe.
Sharon is presently Borough Commander at Enfield.. .
Chief Superintendent Martin Bridger is retiring after 30 years in the Force.
herne hill k junction
HERNE HILL JUNCTION SUPPORT FROM BOTH SOUTHWARK AND LAMBETH CONSERVATIVES.
The following letter appears in this week's South London Press.
Clare Whelan is member for Thurlow Park Ward which covers part of Herne Hill and was Executive member for Environment in the pevious Lambeth Administration.
Nick Vineall is chair of the Dulwich Comminity Council.
We would like to add our support for improvements to
make the Brockwell Park/Herne Hill junction safer and
easier for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to
negotiate. No one can dispute that the centre of
Herne Hill would benefit, and we are keen to work with
residents and politicians of all parties to that end.
It is important of course that the amount of park
taken really is the minimum nec¬essary and, ideally,
we would like to see new public conveniences replace
the old ones which have come to the end of their
useful life. If this can be achieved, and the
entrance to the park improved at the same time, we are
all for it.
Cllr. Clare Whelan (Lambeth)
Cllr. Nick Vineall (Southwark)"
Saturday, June 02, 2007
POST OFFICE- HERNE HILL DELIVERY OFFICE NOW CLOSED.
items of post not delivered will be returned to the
CAMBERWELL DELIVERY OFFICE
41 Camberwell Station Road
SE5 9 JH.
You can either collect from this office ( house presumably the same but no doubt will be marked on the notice of attempted delivery.
OR YOU CAN TELEPHONE TO REARRANGE RE-DELIVERY FROM
MONDAY 4TH JUNE 08456 112443
for general customer information or questions cal the Customer Service centre
08457 740 740
Friday, June 01, 2007
London travel watch leads campaign
on policing of buggies on buses...
and competition with other users.............priority for wheelCHAIRS users etc......... TFL agree that bus drivers are now instructed to permit double buggy access through middle doors.
brixton dispersal zone
BRIXTON DISPERSAL ZONE
New dispersal area to stop harassment in Brixton
Lambeth Council and Police have set up a "dispersal area" enabling police officers and Police Community Support Officers to disperse groups who are causing intimidation and committing anti-social behaviour, under new powers granted to police by Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation in 2003.
The dispersal area covers Windrush Square , Electric Lane , Rushcroft Road , Saltoun Road and a number of other neighbouring roads that experience high levels of anti-social behaviour, and where residents and passers-by regularly complain of intimidation, abuse and drug taking.
Cllr Mark Bennett, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:
"People have a right to feel safe in their community, and it is unacceptable that anybody should feel threatened by groups of people hanging around, who are often under the influence of drink or drugs, and who threaten, harass and aggressively beg.
"We are using this Anti-Social Behaviour legislation to end intimidating behaviour from a handful of people who persistently harass passers-by, and reclaiming Brixton for the overwhelming majority who want to go freely about their business, feeling safe. Just as important, however, is the continuing outreach support the council and other partners are giving to help break the cycle of those affected by drug and alcohol dependency, by encouraging them to seek help."
The Police and the Council will carefully monitor the effectiveness of the dispersal area, and look to extend it if necessary.
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