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Man threatened with broken bottle outside Ringwood Gateway

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A MAN was allegedly threatened with a broken bottle in the second offensive weapon incident reported in Ringwood town centre in 10 days.

Police made an arrest after responding to the incident which was said to have taken place outside the Ringwood Gateway council offices building in Meeting House Lane.

The alarm was raised shortly after 3pm last Wednesday, but the victim, a local man in his 40s, was not injured.

A man was said to have been threatened with a broken bottle outside the Ringwood Gateway building in Meeting House Lane
A man was said to have been threatened with a broken bottle outside the Ringwood Gateway building in Meeting House Lane

Following a search of the area, officers arrested a 38-year-old man, also local, on suspicion of threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

He was later released under investigation.

A police Facebook post afterwards said: “Upon arriving on scene and speaking to the victim, the suspect was spotted by Ringwood officers and promptly arrested to ensure the safety of all involved parties.”

This came after a man was said to have been threatened and attacked by someone brandishing a brick in the nearby Sainsbury’s on 12th June.

As reported in the A&T, officers responding to a call-out around 11.25am arrested an 18-year-old Lymington man on suspicion of affray and bailed him until 19th July.

No weapon was found and no injuries were reported.

A PCSO patrolling the scene of the latest incident around 3.50pm witnessed what they believed to be a drug-related exchange between a man and three teenagers.

But a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act failed to locate anything offensive on any of the individuals.

Meeting House Lane was in an area of Ringwood in which officers enforced a 48-hour dispersal order between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th June to combat anti-social behaviour.

Last Wednesday’s police Facebook post added: “Throughout the day other members of the team have been in discussion with the NFDC homelessness team, carrying out CCTV enquiries following a recent theft of tools from a van, and responding to reports of further anti-social behaviour, as well as carrying out general patrols.”

Any crimes in the area should be reported to Hampshire police online at bit.ly/2E5B0mq or by calling 101, but 999 should always be dialled in emergencies.

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