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Police to disperse troublemakers from Milford beach after Easter disturbance

TROUBLE over Easter has prompted police to set up a dispersal zone at a Milford beach throughout this weekend, empowering them to clear any disruptive people.

The Section 35 order at Hordle Cliff comes after officers responded to a reported assault amid a large gathering of youngsters there shortly before 7pm on Good Friday.

As reported in the A&T, they arrived to find the group dispersing but also discovered a substantial amount of broken glass and other litter by the beach huts. Beach goers were warned of the potential hazards the following day.

The dispersal zone covers the Hordle Cliff area as well as nearby beach huts
The dispersal zone covers the Hordle Cliff area as well as nearby beach huts

From 6pm today (Friday) to 6pm on Sunday officers will be able to disperse people under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They can also seize any items used to commit anti-social behaviour offences.

As well as the area surrounding Hordle Cliff, the zone includes the nearby beach huts after several of these were damaged during a previous incident.

Offending youths aged under 16 will be taken to their home addresses, with follow-up work carried out with their parents.

Hampshire police has warned the dispersal powers could be extended beyond the initial 48-hour period if considered appropriate.

Insp. Mike Minnock said: “We will be conducting high-visibility patrols in these areas to reassure the public and deal with any issues.

“People should also be aware that congregating in groups larger than six may be a breach of Covid-19 regulations.

“We will always seek to engage, explain and educate with members of the public, with enforcement as a last resort.”

Those who witness anti-social behaviour or large gatherings should contact the force on 101, but 999 should always be dialled in emergencies.

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