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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 June, 2005, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
Call for drug crime to be tackled
Drug addicts in a north London borough could now receive dispersal orders from the police in order to tackle the problem of drug crime in the area.

The move comes after a petition signed by 400 Camden residents was handed to the council urging them to protect people better against dealers.

As a result, a new police desk will be based in Greenland Road in the summer.

Residents say that there is a huge rise in the number of people openly dealing and taking drugs at that time of year.

Anna Stewart, from Camden Council, said the use of dispersal orders and Anti-social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) will work in the long term.

"What we found in Kings Cross, where we made some very, very notable gains in terms of an entrenched drugs market was that it took a while and we did have to take out quite a lot of Asbos," she said.

"But once we reached a critical mass we did begin to make some real and lasting changes and if you talk to residents there they will tell you how powerfully the area's changed over the last few years."

In just three months earlier this year there were 405 drug connected crimes in Camden.

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