Canada Water: second dispersal order in three weeks as concerns grow over anti-social behavior

Officers said this year they would be more proactive in stopping the problem of dangerous fireworks

A dispersal order was put in place for the Canada Water region for the second time in three weekends, after a recent increase in anti-social behavior.

Police are concerned about groups of young people setting off fireworks in the streets, an issue that hit the Rotherhithe neighborhood in the fall of 2020.

Officers said this year they would be more proactive in ending the dangerous fireworks problem, after the scale of last year’s incidents took them by surprise.

The dispersal order began Friday evening (October 22) at 8 p.m. and will last 48 hours until Sunday evening (October 23) at 7:59 p.m. It covers the same area as the dispersal order put in place by the police from October 8 to 10.

The order allows the police to tell people they believe they have participated in or participate in criminal or anti-social behavior to leave the area.

Inspector Tom Cornish, Met Police District Inspector for Southwark, said police believe this year’s group of teens are different from the culprits involved in the fall of 2020, although they likely belong to the same age group of 13 to 15 years.

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Some people living outside the scatter order area in Rotherhithe and Jamaica Road in Bermondsey said they feared the same issues would affect them, but that they would be less protected by police.

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