POLICE have got a dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour at the Camber Dock in Old Portsmouth.
The order is to stop young people jumping off the dock into the water and behaving badly.
Police Sergeant Rob Sutton, a member of the St Thomas Safer Neighbourhood team, said: ‘We decided to implement the order to protect the people who come here and who work here.
‘You have a lot of boats coming in and out of the docks and it’s a danger not only to the people who work here but also the people who are jumping in.
‘I don’t think people realise the danger they could put themselves in.’
Portsmouth City Council is working with the police and Rob Wood, councillor for the St Thomas Ward, added: ‘This area is for everybody to enjoy but there are youngsters who can stop others enjoying it.’
He added: ‘The order will give powers to the police to remove people who are causing a nuisance.’
The order gives police officers and PCSOs the power to tell people in a group of two or more to leave the area and tell those who don’t live locally to not return in a specified period of time.
Its aim is to stop young people jumping off the dock into the water below and behaving anti-socially.
Officers can also remove young people under the age of 16, unaccompanied by an adult, and take them back to their homes.
The dispersal order will run until September.