New measure to tackle anti-social behaviour

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POLICE have been given new powers to move on groups of troublemakers in a crackdown in Paulsgrove.

A dispersal order has been set up in the Allaway Avenue, Hempsted Road, Washbrook and Ludlow Road areas following reports of problems there.

The order, made by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership which is made up of local agencies including police, firefighters and Portsmouth City Council - could be in place until April 2 2012.

It means police and community support officers can use powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, to disperse groups of two or more people from the area if they are causing or likely to cause trouble.

If someone remains in the area, after being told to leave, they face a £5,000 fine and three months in jail.

PC Steph Lansley of the Paulsgrove Safer Neighbourhoods team said: ‘With the backing of local residents, we’re putting this order into place to address the problems.

Anti-social behaviour unit manager at Portsmouth City Council Roy Goulding said: ‘It’s about tackling the minority that are causing anti-social behaviour or nuisance in Paulsgrove

‘Any individuals or groups that are dispersed will be moved on to safe areas.’

Paulsgrove ward councillors David Horne and Jim Patey said: ‘We fully support this action.

‘The residents of Paulsgrove, should be able to enjoy their neighbourhood.’