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02/07/04
Young Teens Banned from the West End
- Night time curfew to hit under 16s, say police

GANGS of young teenagers are to be targeted by central London police and will face a curfew.

The West End has attracted more youngsters to its streets in recent years, a factor some believe is linked to increased drug use and petty crime.

Just north of central London, in Somers Town, police have already used new 'dispersal' powers to get under-16s off the streets and believe the approach to be popular. It is off the back of the Somers Town experience that the Met is introducing the scheme to other parts of town.

"I don't think any responsible parent would like their 15- ear-old unaccompanied in the West End after 9pm," said Sir Ian Blair, the Met Deputy Commissioner.

West End shops have complained that groups of teenagers put off shoppers and thus harm business.






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