The Met Police said they had been granted 'dispersal authority' near Eltham town centre on Monday (November 4) over anti-social behaviour concerns.

The announcement was made by Met Police Greenwich on Twitter, who said it would last until midnight on Monday.

A spokesperson for the borough police force said the extra powers were granted "to reduce the likelihood of crime or disorder" in the area.

"A dispersal authority has been granted under S.34 ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014.

"The authority is in place between 1650 Hrs 4/11/19 until 0000 Hrs 5/11/19 in order to reduce the likelihood of crime or disorder," a spokesperson said.

Authority for such a dispersal order must be given by a police officer of "at least the rank of inspector", according to the 2014 piece of legislation.

Section 34 (and the associated Section 35) of the Act says that officers in the chosen area "may direct a person who is in a public place in the locality specified in the authorisation—

  • (a)to leave the locality (or part of the locality), and
  • (b)not to return to the locality (or part of the locality) for the period specified in the direction ('the exclusion period')."

The Met Police were contacted for further comment by News Shopper.