Section 61 powers used to move on unauthorised encampment in Winchester
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Officers from Winchester have used Section 61 powers to move on a group of Travellers who set up in Winchester.
The group arrived at the Winchester South Park and Ride, on Otterbourne Road, on Sunday 11 April.
Inspector John Stribley authorised the order, having undertaken a full review of the circumstances and reports of anti-social behaviour and environmental damage. The direction was issued at 1pm on Monday 12 April for the group to move on.
The group, comprising of 19 caravans and 25 vehicles, has now left the site.
Under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, powers can be considered by police in the following circumstances: • Significant local disruption or deprivation of access to amenities, nuisance or criminal behaviour. • Unacceptable levels of damage to land or property to gain entry or remain • Danger to life or a need to take preventative action
Inspector John Stribley said: “Hampshire Constabulary will always ensure that we balance the needs of all of our communities when using these powers. Our actions must be proportionate, lawful, and necessary.
“I hope our swift action to move unauthorised encampments from unsuitable locations will convey to all sections of the community that a robust approach will be taken against encampments within the legal parameters.
“We will continue to work closely with partner agencies, and private landowners, to manage unauthorised encampments and identify and deal with any issues of disorder or criminality.”