'Stay away or face arrest' message to yobs targeting two Finsbury Park estates

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By JulieGK | Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 20:50

Islington Council and Islington police are tackling anti-social behaviour with a new dispersal zone across the Andover and Six Acres estates.

A group of youths from outside the area have been gathering on both estates, and intimidating local residents.

There have also been complaints about drug-taking, drug-dealing, drinking, rowdiness and other anti-social behaviour. Some individuals are also suspected of criminal damage, assault and public order offences.

To tackle the problems, the council and police have been granted a dispersal authorisation across the two estates, which means that groups can be asked to leave the area by police. Failure to leave can lead to arrest.

The zone covers an area bounded by Seven Sisters Road, Hornsey Road, Tollington Park and Fonthill Road.  It runs from 9am on Friday, 21 December for three months, until 20 March 2013.

The zone is part of wider action being taken to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area, including housing anti-social behaviour injunctions and tenancy action.

Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council's executive member for community safety, said: "We're taking action to stop people on the Andover and Six Acres estates suffering from the behaviour of a group of people from outside the area who are causing problems on their estates.

"These people don't live on the estates, and we won't put up with them coming to cause trouble. The message is simple - stay away from our estates or face arrest."

Sergeant Paul Cruise, from Finsbury Park Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: "This dispersal zone has been brought in to counteract criminal activity and anti-social behaviour that has blighted these estates.

"There have been a lot of improvements as a result of partnership work between ourselves, the residents' association and Islington Council.

"We are confident that this dispersal zone will help to reduce the problems and give additional protection to those living, visiting and working in the area."

To report anti-social behaviour in Islington, call the council's ASB team on 020 7527 7272 or go to www.islington.gov.uk/reportasb

Calls will get a response as soon as possible, certainly within 24 hours. Officers can make visits between 4pm and 2am Sunday to Thursday, and 5pm to 4am Friday and Saturday.

During office hours, council tenants and leaseholders should report ASB to the ASB team at their Area Housing Office, on the phone or in person, and Housing Association tenants should report ASB to their landlord.

Out of office hours, council tenants and leaseholders and Housing Association tenants should call 020 7527 7272.

Alternatively call the police's non-emergency line, 101.  In an emergency dial 999.

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