Police use Section 61 powers to move on encampment in Portchester
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We have been working with our partners at Fareham Borough Council in response to an unauthorised encampment which was set up at Wicor Recreation Ground, Portchester today (5 July).
Under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, police have the power to direct individuals to leave the land and remove any vehicles or property they have with them. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.
These powers can be considered in the following circumstances:
Communities are deprived of local amenities; or significant impact on the environment
There is local disruption to the economy
There is other significant disruption to the local community or environment
There is a danger to life where there is a need to take preventative action.
Following a review of the circumstances surrounding the encampment at Wicor Recreation Ground, and in consultation with Fareham Borough Council, police have today utilised these powers, and the group have now left the site.
On the occasions where we use such powers, Hampshire Constabulary will always ensure that we balance the needs and rights of all our communities with actions that are proportionate, lawful and necessary.
We work closely with landowners and our partners to ensure that a robust approach is taken against encampments within legal parameters. Our partnership working also seeks to identify repeat locations where there has been criminality or disorder in order to target harden these sites.