Police have authorised special powers in Bexley in a bid to combat an anticipated rise in anti-social behaviour in three areas of the borough.

Lasting three days, a dispersal order has been issued, and extra officers are being deployed to assist.

The powers have been authorised in Belvedere and Thamesmead East, as well as Greenwich's Thamesmead Moorings.

The dispersal zone was put in place as off 3pm on Monday, April 26, and will last until 3pm on Wednesday, April 28.

Bexley Police

Bexley Police

It means anyone behaving in a manner likely to result in a member of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or likely to commit disorder or crime, will be directed to leave the area.

The dispersal direction can be given to anyone over the age of 10, and officers will be able to return children under 16 to their homes.

Bexley Police said: "The use of Direction to Leave Notices under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014, has been authorised by Inspector Lowe.

Bexley Police

Bexley Police

"This is due to anticipated rise in ASB within the area defined by the map.

"Officers are being deployed to the area to assist with the policing of the dispersal order."

Anyone who ignores a direction to leave could be arrested and if convicted face a maximum penalty of three months imprisonment, and/or a fine of £2,500.