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Moped crime crackdown sees police bring in dispersal zone across Islington and Camden

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:09 10 November 2017

These stolen or abandoned mopeds have been taken off the streets of Islington and Camden. Picture: Islington Police

These stolen or abandoned mopeds have been taken off the streets of Islington and Camden. Picture: Islington Police

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A borough-wide dispersal zone will be in place this weekend across Camden and Islington as police crack down on moped crime, burglary and drug dealing.

The order gives officers the power to ban people for two days from a specific area, in this case a whole borough, if they are causing trouble or are likely to. If they are caught returning, they could be arrested.

Sgt Paul Taylor of Camden police said: “This is just one option available to officers and provides potential offenders an opportunity to vacate themselves from an area prior to committing offences.

“The offences and behaviour this power can be used to deter are far reaching and in this instance includes burglary, moped enabled theft and drugs offences to anti-social behaviour brought about by the night time economy.

“This is a further example of our commitment to combat crime and disorder within Camden and Islington, using every option available to us to deter crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The order comes in at 6pm this evening and will be in place until 6pm on Sunday.

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