Police powers to clamp down on Portsmouth yobs extended in bid to reduce trouble

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AN ORDER giving police extra powers to crackdown on troublemakers has been extended in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The dispersal order put in place in the Buckland area of Portsmouth in December will run for an extra six months from Friday.

It will cover the area between New Road, Ernest Road and Hampshire Street, as well as the original dispersal area between Kingston Crescent, Mile End Road, Church Street, Lake Road and Kingston Road.

It gives police and police community support officers power to disperse groups of two or more people if they are causing or are likely to cause trouble in the area,

Anyone who stays there after being told to leave faces a £5,000 fine and three months in prison. The order has been extended by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership, made up of agencies including police, fire service and city council.

PC Sean Hopkinson, of Nelson and Kingston Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: ‘We want all of the local community, including young people to be able to go about their daily lives without fear of harassment or fear of anti social behaviour.’