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Rise in anti-social behaviour sparks Ringwood police dispersal order



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A SURGE in anti-social behaviour in Ringwood town centre prompted police to enforce a weekend dispersal order.

For 48 hours, from Friday night to Sunday night, a dispersal zone was set up, incorporating Meeting House Lane, The Furlong and High Street.

Throughout the two days, officers were empowered to force people to leave the area if they were considered to be behaving in an anti-social manner.

The weekend dispersal zone in Ringwood
The weekend dispersal zone in Ringwood

Those who refused or returned to the area faced arrest.

Posting on Facebook, local officers vowed the powers would be extended if this was deemed appropriate following a review.

“Please continue to report anti-social behaviour in the Ringwood area to allow us to take positive action, and enable dispersal orders like this to be authorised in order to help tackle these issues,” the post said.

In the comments, a Facebook user reported two drunken males harassing customers outside Tesco Express in Poulner and spitting on the pavement.

Responding to this, police said officers attended the scene and issued a section 35 dispersal order to a suspect who was still sitting outside the Butlers Lane store.

Anti-social behaviour and relevant information can be shared with Hampshire police by calling 101 or visiting bit.ly/2E5B0mq

Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111, but 999 should always be dialled in an emergency.



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