New powers used to stop anti-social crime

PCSO Samantha Heath and PC Mark Pilsworth are part of the Havant policing team
PCSO Samantha Heath and PC Mark Pilsworth are part of the Havant policing team

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NEW powers have been used by the police to help curb anti-social behaviour.

Police in Havant set up a dispersal order to cover two roads after there were reports of rowdy behaviour, including youths carrying around metal poles and climbing on property.

Local residents complained to the force and police decided to implement a dispersal order.

The order means that any person who the police believe may commit anti-social behaviour must leave a designated area.

If they return, they will be arrested.

Getting an order used to be a lengthy process, but can now be given the swift go-ahead by a local police inspector.

The order was granted in Park House Farm Way and Norden Way, in Leigh Park, for 48 hours.

On the first day five youths were ordered to leave the area and were given a map of where they could not go.

On the second day none returned and there have been no reports of anti-social behaviour since.

PCSO Samantha Heath, who covers Leigh Park, said it had been a success.

‘It’s the first time our beat has used it,’ she said.

‘The good thing about it is we can adapt to any situation.

‘It’s quite a versatile tool.

‘If a situation arises where we need to use, we now know what we are doing.’