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PORTSMOUTH police say they have had a successful summer of tackling anti-social behaviour.

Building on a series of dispersal zones, high visibility patrols and undercover operations across the city, officers are now planning new similar initiatives over the coming months.

Areas of the city which have seen a drop in anti-social behaviour include Gunwharf Quays, Southsea, Guildhall Walk, North End and Portsea.

Portsmouth District Superintendent Norman Mellors said: ‘While most people recognise that anti-social behaviour tends to increase over the summer months, we don’t expect people to just put up with it. Safer Neighbourhood Teams and response officers all across the city have worked hard over the last few months to tackle it as it happens, but also to look at long-term preventative measures.

‘The successes we’ve seen, particularly around dispersal orders, show that we listen when people tell us anti-social behaviour is happening in their area and we work closely with communities to stop it.’