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Police and council granted dispersal order for Aldershot town centre

Hampshire Constabulary and Rushmoor Borough Council have secured a dispersal order for Aldershot town centre, Manor Park, Municipal Gardens and the surrounding area, which will be in place throughout the summer.
The section 30 dispersal order is in response to various antisocial behaviour issues, such as individuals being rowdy and inconsiderate within a group, and will be enforced from July 2 to September 30.


Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Business, Safety and Regulation, which includes community safety, said:

"We want residents to be able to enjoy the summer in Aldershot's parks and town centre, and to support that, we are working closely with Hampshire Constabulary to ensure we use all the tools at our disposal to reduce antisocial behaviour.

The police request a dispersal order every year to enable officers and the council to tackle problems quickly, and to nip them in the bud before they escalate.

To support the police in enforcing this dispersal order, organisations, such as the Vine Day Centre, will be offering help and advice to address issues contributing to antisocial behaviour, so Aldershot town centre will remain an attractive area for everyone to enjoy this summer.

Rushmoor Borough Council, with support from Hampshire Constabulary, will not hesitate to seek the introduction of similar dispersal orders in other parts of the Borough if it proves necessary."



Sergeant Debbie Barnes from Aldershot police station said:

"This is a powerful piece of legislation to provide officers with an additional enforcement option and make the area a safer and more pleasant place to live and visit. It allows us to tackle the behaviour of a few individuals whose high level anti-social behaviour disrupts the quality of life of those living and working in town."


Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, uniformed officers can disperse groups of two or more people whose behaviour they believe has, or is likely to, result in any member of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed by:

 Anyone who remains in, or returns to, the area after being told to leave can be arrested and could face three months in prison or a fine of up to £5,000.
Ends
25/06.2014


Hazel Wills
Corporate Communications Officer - Hampshire Constabulary
Northern Area
External: 01962 871359 Internal: 631 128


Email: hazel.wills.15290@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.hampshire.police.uk


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