Here's how long Southsea dispersal order is force for and where it covers

A DISPERSAL order is in place for parts of Southsea over the weekend.

Saturday, 27th June 2020, 9:39 am
Updated Saturday, 27th June 2020, 9:40 am

Initially issued during the week, Hampshire Constabulary announced that it would be extending it on Friday.

The dispersal order will now be in place until midday on Sunday but it can be reviewed when due to expire.

The order gives police the power to order someone to leave the designated area and not return for 24 hours to prevent crime and disorder. Failure to comply with this is a criminal offence.

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Hampshire police have imposed a dispersal order in the south of Portsmouth covering the Hot Walls in Old Portsmouth and Southsea Common. Picture: Portsmouth police

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It covers all of Southsea Common and the seafront as well as the Hot Walls in Old Portsmouth.

Acting Inspector Darren Ali said: ‘Additional patrols remain in place ahead of the weekend and we will be paying particular attention to the Hot Walls and Southsea Common as we have done so in recent days.

‘We’d like to thank members of the community who continue to support the action we are taking.

‘We want you to enjoy the warm weather and we know that the majority of people in Old Portsmouth are out to enjoy these areas of the city safely with friends and loved ones.

‘Therefore, our additional patrols and dispersal order will remain in place to tackle those few intent on causing anti-social behaviour and engaging in violence of any kind.’

An 18-year-old man was arrested for failure to comply with a S35 dispersal notice. Bobby Jack Allen, of Lake Road, Portsmouth has since been charged and will appear before Portsmouth Magistrates Court on July 23.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested for obstruct / resist a police officer in execution of duty, assaulting an emergency worker (police officer) and possession of a class B drug.

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