1) New CCTV Camera in Vauxhall and Section 59 Powers & 2) Dispersal Zone New CCTV Camera in Vauxhall and Section 59 PowersAt a recent meeting in Vauxhall, concerns were raised about vehicles driving anti-socially within and around Goding Street. Some of these vehicles are also believed to be linked to nitrous oxide dealing in the Pleasure Gardens. Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) members have seen vehicles parking in nearby side-roads and selling nitrous oxide canisters to passers-by. Safer Lambeth BCRP wanted to make members aware of a newly installed Lambeth CCTV monitored camera within Goding Street. Live 24/7 footage from the camera is fed back to the Council control centre in Brixton.
- If you ever witness any anti-social behaviour or a crime taking place in Goding Street please use your red emergency button on your BCRP radio or call 101/999 to get a Police response. Lambeth CCTV staff can aid the Police response by monitoring activity on the camera and liaising with Police teams on the ground. Footage captured is not only beneficial for criminal investigations, but can be used to build offender profiles on the BCRP intranet site. It is crucial we work together to identify the offenders causing the issues and implement enforcement strategies such as arrests, Criminal Behaviour Orders and Exclusion Notice Schemes.
- Another power which the Police are using in Vauxhall is Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002. Section 59 gives Police Officers the power to deal with persons using vehicles in an anti-social manner, either on or off road. For the powers to be available, the officer must have reasonable grounds for believing that a mechanically propelled vehicle is being, or has been, used on any occasion in a manner which:
- Contravenes section 3 or section 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (careless and inconsiderate driving and prohibition of off road driving) AND
- Is causing, or is likely to cause, alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public
- Police initially warn the offender responsible, using the S59 Warning Notice attached. Once a warning has been given the Police can confiscate the vehicle if it is used in the same manner within a 12 month period. If you ever see vehicles driving in an inconsiderate manner, please call Police and mention the Section 59 legislation.
- If you have any questions on the information given please contact a member of the Safer Lambeth BCRP staff:James.Barrett@co.uk/Anas.Wihaib@saferlondon.co.uk
2) Dispersal Zone
The dispersal zone has come to an end, as by law it can only be in place for three months. The feedback Prince’s Councillors have had from residents and local businesses, as well as Vauxhall City Farm, has been very positive and there is general agreement that the dispersal zone was effective. Councillors are now pushing for an extension of its implementation, so that it is in place ready for the summer. If you have a view on the dispersal zone, and whether or not it was effective in your experience, it would it would be very helpful if you could get in touch with Cllr Joanne Simpson on firstname.lastname@example.org