POLICE in Fareham have banned three people from the town centre so far this year in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
The trio were subject to Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO), which replaced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO) last year, preventing them from being in certain areas of the town.
Sgt Mark Lamper, from Fareham area neighbourhood policing team, said the orders had successfully eliminated the behaviour, which included drinking and begging.
He said: ‘Three people in the town have been subject to a CBO. Two of these were rough sleepers who caused issues when they were begging for money.
‘These individuals no longer live in Fareham and have received assistance from other agencies.
‘The third was granted in relation to an individual causing anti-social behaviour in a residential block of flats.’
Sgt Lamper said his team were working to maintain an alcohol-free area in the town and he encouraged people to report bad behaviour when they see it happening.
He said: ‘There is currently a Designated Public Protection Order in place in Fareham which allows alcohol to be seized by police in a public place if it is directly linked to anti-social behaviour.
‘It’s hoped this will tackle the issue of street drinking that has been identified in the Holy Trinity Church area.
‘Local off-licences have been contacted with the details of individuals believed to be involved and we are conducting high-visibility patrols around the church to ensure that positive action is taken against anyone breaching the order.
‘This may ultimately lead to further Criminal Behaviour Orders being sought in the future.
‘If you have any concerns about anti-social behaviour in Fareham, please call 101 to alert us. But in an emergency always dial 999.’
Sgt Lamper said that due to the effectiveness of these particular Criminal Behaviour Orders, which were imposed by a court earlier this year, police would not name the offenders,
He added: ‘It is not appropriate in these circumstances to circulate the details of those individuals covered by orders in Fareham.
‘These orders are used to address specific and very localised issues and wider publicity may be detrimental to resolving these issues.’