Police ask travellers near Port Solent Marina to move

Police cordon off Portsmouth street over ‘suspicious package’

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POLICE in Portsmouth are using Section 61 powers to move a group of travellers in Port Solent.

The group arrived this morning in a field and recreation site opposite Port Solent Marina.

Hampshire Constabulary officers visited the scene to assess the situation, and speak with the travellers, who had six vehicles with them.

Concerns were raised about members of the local community not being able to use the recreation site fully during the half-term school holiday.

Environmental risks were also highlighted as there are no appropriate facilties on the site for toilets, water or waste disposal.

A section 61 notice was served by police, and officers are monitoring the situation to ensure the travellers comply peacefully and move on safely.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘In using these 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 will continue to work closely with partner agencies, private landowners, and the travelling community to manage unauthorised encampments.’

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