Met Police: Dispersal zone in Richmond after ‘recent hot weather’ saw boy, 14, drown swimming in the Thames

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “This is due to the recent hot weather and to disperse any antisocial behaviour in the area.”

The Met Police have put a dispersal zone in place in Teddington and Richmond this weekend following the “recent hot weather”.

Richmond Police said the zone covered Teddington Lock, Richmond Green and Terrace Gardens and would be in place from midday today (Friday, July 22) to midday on Sunday.

Teddington Lock in Richmond. Photo: Google Streetview

It comes after the body of a teenage boy was recovered from the River Thames during the recent heatwave.

A spokesperson said: “This is due to the recent hot weather and to disperse any antisocial behaviour in the area.”

The ruling, a section 35 dispersal, has been authorised by chief inspector Chris Scammell, Richmond Police said.

A borough spokesperson said: “A dispersal zone is in place.

The dispersal zone in Richmond. Photo: Met Police

“A section 35 dispersal has been authorised by Chief Inspector Scammell for the areas outlined on the map.

“Teddington Lock , Richmond Green, & Terrace Gardens (Richmond) from 12pm on Friday, July 22, to 12pm on Sunday, July 24.”

A 14-year-old boy’s body was pulled from the river on Tuesday, July 19, the day after a young swimmer went missing during a record heatwave.

The fire service and the Met Police have warned Londoners against swimming in dangerous waters during periods of hot weather.