Police threatened in Horndean after telling men to get off bikes

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A GROUP of men threatened two police officers after they were stopped for riding their bikes and scooters on a pavement.

Police want to identify the young men who became abusive while out in Horndean.

They were stopped after riding scooters and bicycles on a pavement at the junction of Portsmouth Road and Dell Piece West.

A number of other young men joined the group, and some of them threatened the officers, making them fear for their safety.

No-one was assaulted or injured and more officers arrived to calm the situation.

Ken Moon, leader of East Hampshire District Council, said this was something that didn’t happen often in the area.

‘I don’t think we have a serious problem in the area,’ he said.

‘In general there is a low crime rate and anti-social behaviour is contained by the police, so this is an unusual incident.

‘But it’s not good when they do happen and I do think sometimes there is a lack of respect for the police.

‘They have a very difficult job.

‘There are all sorts of pressures on them, what with all the budget cuts. We should be supporting them. This sort of thing is not a common occurrence.’

A 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old man, both from Waterlooville, were arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

They were questioned and released on police bail until April pending further enquiries.

The police now want more independent witnesses to the confrontation, which took place at around 4.30pm on Thursday.

Police would also like to speak to any members of the public who may have been affected by any youths riding on the pavement in Horndean on Thursday.

Anyone with information should call District CID at Waterlooville Police Station on 101. Alternatively you can give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.