Highbury Quadrant Estate lockdown lifted - one arrest made
PUBLISHED: 17:36 20 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:42 20 February 2015
Youths dispersed and public grateful after 48-hour operation
The 48-hour lockdown of a troubled estate was lifted at noon today with one arrest made.
Police had placed whole of the Highbury Quadrant Estate, of Catherall Road, Highbury, on curfew after a gang of motorbike-riding teenagers ran amok in the area.
Residents were being victimised by a group of yobs on stolen scooters who were taking drugs, breaking into homes and even stabbed a pizza delivery boy - before burning the bikes on the estate.
During the two day action a heavy police presence in the area broke up groups of youths who were congregating and arrested one person for suspected immigration offences
Richard Padwell, Inspector for Islington East Cluster Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It went really well. We used our powers to disperse a number of individuals and made one arrest.
“And we got a really positive response from members of the public who approached us and praised us for the work we were doing.”
The dispersal order meant police could ask anyone to leave the area if they are even suspected of harassing or intimidating people on the estate, or causing any kind crime and disorder.
If they were under 16 officers could drive them home.
Earlier Cllr Caroline Russell, Green Party councillor for Highbury East ward which covers the estate, had said: “These kids have been rampaging around the estate causing mayhem and destruction.
“People are at their wit’s end - they’ve had enough.
“But on the whole the are incredibly sympathetic to the situation. We can’t just wash our hands of them.
“We have to work towards their future and help them live a purposeful life - stay in education, find employment and be constructive members of society.”
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