Rowdy and inconsiderate individuals will be told to leave public areas of Aldershot town centre this summer after the police were granted powers to move them on.
Hampshire Constabulary and Rushmoor Borough Council secured a dispersal order for the town centre, Manor Park, Municipal Gardens and the surrounding area, which will be in place throughout the summer.
The order is in response to various reported antisocial behaviour issues, and will allow officers to ‘nip them in the bud’ starting on July 2 yesterday and running until September 30.
Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor’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.”
He warned that further orders for other parts of Rushmoor will be sought if they are deemed necessary.
Organisations such as the Vine Day Centre will be offering help and advice to address issues contributing to antisocial behaviour.
Sergeant Debbie Barnes, from Aldershot police station, commented:
“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, who will face a fine of up to £5,000 or even a prison term if they refuse to cooperate.