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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 June, 2005, 15:18 GMT 16:18 UK
Summer street ban powers return
Police officers on the beat
Police officers have powers to move groups of people on
Police powers which target intimidating groups of youths and drug addicts are to be used in a north London borough for a second summer.

This follows the success of a 'good behaviour zone' put in place in the Somers Town area of Camden last year.

The powers, which come into force on Monday and last until October, allow police to disperse groups for up to 24 hours under threat of arrest.

Unaccompanied children under 16 could also be forced to go home by 2100 BST.

Work to help deter crime and provide a safer feeling environment, including the installation of 500 bright white lights and the re-design of communal areas, has also been carried out.

Extra patrols

Tony Brooks, Camden Council's Head of Community Safety, said: "Last summer the dispersal notice helped to keep control of the problems of drug use and dealing Camden Town had experienced in the past.

"Residents, commuters and businesses are rightly concerned that the police have the power to address unacceptable behaviour to protect the public."

Supt. Martin Richards, said: "We want people to come to Camden and feel safe.

"The dispersal notice will go some way in achieving this by allowing us to remove those that cause anti-social behaviour and affect the quality of life of the peaceful majority."

Extra police will patrol the zone's boundaries, which will be marked with signs, to stop groups moving into neighbouring areas.


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