Section 35 dispersal order authorised at Hordle Cliffs
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Dispersal powers are in place at Hordle Cliffs following a number of anti-social behaviour incidents over the recent Bank Holiday Easter weekend.
The order will run from 6pm today, Friday 9 April, until 6pm on Sunday 11 April, and will cover the area surrounding the Hordle Cliffs as shown in the map.
The dispersal zone also covers the beach huts in the area; this comes after several were damaged during a previous incident.
It gives officers the power to disperse people under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, they can also seize any items used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.
Those under 16 will be taken be to their home address, and follow-up work will be done with parents.
If considered appropriate, the power could be extended beyond the 48 hour period.
Inspector Mike Minnock said: “We will be conducting high visibility patrols in these areas to reassure the public and deal with any issues.
“People should also be aware that congregating in groups larger than six may be a breach of Covid-19 regulations. We will always seek to engage, explain and educate with members of the public, with enforcement as a last resort.”
Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour or large gatherings is asked to phone 101, or if it is an emergency always phone 999.