Four arrested after police crackdown in Commercial Road

FOUR people have been arrested after a police crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Commercial Road.

Tuesday, 19th September 2017, 6:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th September 2017, 6:57 pm
rw images from Simon Hart From: Simon Hart Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked. A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice. A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

Following concerns from about 30 retailers and traders, officers took to the city centre street last week to cut down on the behaviour.

Working alongside community wardens, housing officers and homelessness charity, the Society of St James, officers carried out high visibility patrols.

Around 50 vulnerable homeless people were also offered support, though, those who were offered help from support services, refused it. A section 35 dispersal order was also put in place to assist officers in moving people showing anti-social behaviour along.

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Inspector Dave Ryan of Hampshire Police said: ‘A week of action and engagement was put in place with our partners, after hearing concerns about anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

‘Our message was clear, anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Portsmouth.’

Councillor Luke Stubbs, deputy leader of the city council said: ‘Unfortunately of late, there have been some incidents of questionable behaviour in the area. I fully support the increased visibility of police in Commercial Road during this exercise and I am please to see this course of action.’

A 20-year-old man and a 50-year-old man, both from Portsmouth were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs and possession with intent to supply. Both were released under investigation.

A 15-year-old boy, also from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop and using abusive words to cause alarm. He was also released investigation.

Alexander Parker, 31, of Kingston Road, Fratton was arrested and charged on suspicion of using abusive words to case fear of unlawful violence. He will appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on September 28.