48 hour Dispersal Order in place for Eastleigh town centre
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A 48 hour dispersal order has been authorised in Eastleigh under Section 34 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The authority covers the period from 4pm this afternoon (21 July) until 4pm on Sunday 23 July, and has been put in place to tackle issues of Anti-social behaviour (ASB) which is causing members of the public harassment, alarm and distress.
Dispersal orders enable police to deal with any issues of ASB in a directed area more effectively, and give our officers the power to order a person to leave the area with no return within the specified time period. Those who refuse to comply with the order are committing a criminal offence and are liable for arrest.
The Eastleigh Neighbourhoods Policing Team have been working hard to address ASB and the associated criminality in the town such as shoplifting and disorder, and dispersal orders such as these are just one of the tactics available to us to tackle these issues.
This particular Dispersal Order covers the area shown on the map, and includes Places Leisure, Leigh Road to Romsey Road, Coles Close, Eastleigh railway station, Chestnut Avenue and Fleming Park.
ASB and the associated criminality makes life miserable for local people and businesses. We will continue to make enquiries and take action in relation to shopliftings and public order incidents in the town, and encourage anyone affected by ASB or retail crime to please keep reporting incidents to us so we can use the most effective tactics available to us to tackle it.