Dispersal orders give the police additional powers, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to disperse groups of two or more people where an officer has reasonable grounds for believing that their presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public from being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.
Once asked to disperse it will be a criminal offence for that person to return to the dispersal area for a 24-hour period and could lead to a £2,500 fine or imprisonment.
If a young person under the age of sixteen is stopped in the area after 9pm and is not accompanied by an adult the police can escort them to their home address, if they are either at risk or vulnerable from anti-social behaviour, crime or causing, or at risk of causing, anti-social behaviour. Tower Hamlets, East London.
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