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Vauxhall dispersal order tackles anti-social behaviour

A six-month dispersal order has been granted in London to improve anti-social behaviour outside nightclubs.

The order in Vauxhall, which runs until March 2015, enables police to "move on" groups of two or more people who may cause "harassment, alarm or distress".

It covers roads including Black Prince Road, Albert Embankment and Salamanca Street.

It is hoped it will help reduce robbery and the use of legal high, nitrous oxide.

'Parties around cars'

The order, introduced by Scotland Yard and Lambeth Council, also means people causing anti-social behaviour can be instructed not to return to the area for 24 hours and those under 16 who are out after 21:00 without an adult, can be returned home.

Councillor Jane Edbrooke said the order was introduced after residents and business owners raised concerns about people congregating on the street after leaving nightclubs.

She said: "Many appear to be taking the legal high nitrous oxide, and then have their own little parties around cars with the stereos turned up to play loud music."

Anyone found flouting a dispersal order can face up to three months in prison or a fine of up to £2,500.

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