Police issue stark warning to troublemakers ahead of Leigh Park fireworks display tonight

POLICE officers have warned potential miscreants that they will be booted out of a fireworks display tonight if they cause any trouble.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 3:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 3:42 pm

Tonight will see the Stockheath fireworks display take place in Leigh Park, Havant, with large crowds expected to come and enjoy the display.

But Havant police will be on the lookout for troublemakers, and will issue dispersal orders to anyone who creates problems.

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Stockheath Common in Leigh Park holds an annual fireworks display. Picture: Sarah Standing (180814-9015)

These section 35 orders, part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, mean police constables and PCSOs can exclude someone from an area for up to 48 hours.

This is typically issued if someone is harassing or alarming members of the public – put into practice in July when Hampshire Constabulary issued dispersal orders to a mob of 100 youths.

Posting on Facebook, Havant Police said: ‘We have a section 35 in place for tonight in relation to the Stockheath Fireworks to try and prevent any anti-social behaviour.

‘Anyone under 16 dispersed can be taken to their home address.

‘Please stay safe, have fun and enjoy the display.’

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