Dispersal order authorised for Eastleigh town centre and Fleming Park
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A dispersal order is in force for the town centre, as well as the Fleming Park and Places Leisure areas of Eastleigh, from 3pm today (Friday 2 February) until 3pm on Sunday (4 February).
The order, under Section 34 of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014), is in response to reports of antisocial behaviour (ASB) in the areas detailed above.
It has been authorised to help our officers tackle the issues and keep local communities safe.
The dispersal order, which follows several reports of ASB, including as recently as last night, gives our officers the power to order a person to leave the areas concerned with no return within the specified time period.
It also gives officers the power to seize anything used in the commission of ASB.
Those who refuse to comply with the order are committing a criminal offence and are liable for arrest.
Individuals who are aged under 16 will be taken be to their home address, and follow-up work will be done with parents.
Inspector Andy Mooge, said, "We know it is only a small minority of people who become involved in this sort of behaviour. However, the impacts of ASB can be far-reaching and have a severe negative impact on the lives of local residents.
“Antisocial behaviour often goes hand in hand with other associated criminal activity, and we are determined to put a stop to this and target the individuals involved.
“The tactics we are using are a robust measure to keep the public safe and ensure local people’s lives aren’t disrupted.
“If you have witnessed or been affected by any of this type of behaviour in the area, please continue to report it to police, so we can target our patrols and take further proactive action.”
Anyone with any information about antisocial behaviour should call 101, or report online via the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary website.