Wimbledon Town Centre Dispersal Zone - Consultation

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The current Dispersal Zone expires 30th April 2009.
The police have accumulated evidence to re-apply for the Dispersal Zone to run for another 6 months. The application has been approved for consultation at the Joint Tasking Group held on 4th March 2009.
In Wimbledon town centre the anti-social behaviour incidents are very much clustered around the train station and Centre Court shopping centre, extending along the Broadway and Hartfield Road. The area still remains the borough\'s hotspot for crime and anti-social behaviour calls to police.
(For further information on crime statistics, please contact Sgt Tony Oram, Hillside Safer Neighbourhood Team, on 020 8721 2458 or tony.oram@met.police.uk)
The Police are consulting to obtain opinions of implementing a new DZ for Wimbledon town centre. This consultation group includes councillors responsible for residents of Wimbledon, secondary schools within Wimbledon, representatives in council departments such as Education, Housing & Environment and local community groups.
About Dispersal Zones
Part 4 (sections 30-36) of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, gives the police, working with local authorities, powers to designate an area where they can disperse groups if a senior officer has reasonable grounds for believing that their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.
The purpose of the legislation is to prevent people from feeling frightened and discouraged from using public places because they feel threatened by the actions and behaviour of groups of people.
The legislation is also intended to protect children and young people from the risks of being unaccompanied on the streets late at night with the attendant risk of older peers encouraging them into criminal activities.
Within designated areas the police and police community support officers (PCSO