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Dispersal Order issued at Shirley Towers following criminal damage and anti-social behaviour

Alert message sent 15/09/2021 18:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Officers from the Southampton West Neighbourhood Policing Team have issued a dispersal order in the Shirley Towers area to clampdown on anti-social behaviour.

This action comes in response to concerns raised by an increase in anti-social behaviour by a group of young people in the area.

We are using the dispersal order as a means to deal with the rise in ASB, whilst supporting the local residents in line with our commitment to keeping our communities safe.

While our teams have been conducting extra patrols in the area, we are now also making use of a Section 34 dispersal order.

The dispersal order will cover Shirley Towers and the immediate vicinity. It was put in place at 2pm today, Wednesday, 15 September and will last until midnight.

The dispersal order gives our officers the power to order a person to leave the designated area for a period determined by the Officer/PCSO dealing. Refusal to comply with the order is a criminal offence.

Those under 16 will be taken to their home address, and follow-up work will be done with parents.

This order is designed to prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour and not to prevent people going about their lawful business. Only those who have been, are or likely to cause crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour should have cause for concern.

We have been working closely with our community wardens and Southampton City Council as part of a longer-term solution and this dispersal order is just one of the tools available to help us tackle anti-social behaviour.

If you see our officers and PCSO’s around the Shirley Towers area and want to speak to us, please stop and have a chat. They will be happy to answer any questions and hear any concerns.

Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour should call 101 or report it to us online at If a crime is in progress, call 999.
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Sarah Cartwright (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire)

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