Police issue dispersal order for part of Portsmouth in bid to reduce anti-social behaviour

A DISPERSAL order has been issued for part of Portsmouth as part of an operation to reduce anti-social behaviour and associated crime.

Sunday, 26th April 2020, 3:08 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th April 2020, 5:48 pm

The order has been put in place in the area of Fratton Way until 3.59pm on Monday.

It gives officers the power to disperse people under Section 35 of the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2012, they can also seize any items used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.

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Fratton Way. Picture: Google Maps

The order covers an area that includes Winston Churchill Avenue and was put in place on Saturday.

Residents have complained about the behaviour of homeless people staying at the Ibis Hotel in Fratton Way, with some telling The News that rough sleepers are ‘running the streets’.

Sergeant Neil Bateman said: ‘We know that the increase in anti-social behaviour has had a big impact on those living and working in the Fratton area and we have put in place a dispersal order to reduce the issue.

‘We will continue to patrol the area in the coming weeks, so if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to raise these with officers, or report incidents via 101 or online.’

This dispersal order is not related to Covid-19 but police would like to remind everyone of the government advice to stay at home.

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