Police to target gangs of rowdy city revellers

Police to target gangs of rowdy city revellers

Police to target gangs of rowdy city revellers

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GANGS of rowdy revellers will be banished from nightlife hotspots as police launch a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Southampton.

Officers have joined forces with city council bosses in a bid to slash the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in and around Bedford Place and London Road with the threat of a fine or even imprisonment.

From Friday a dispersal order will be implemented in designated areas to tackle crowds of clubbers who fail to head home from the city’s bars and nightclubs peacefully.

But residents whose lives have been blighted by booze-fuelled noise nuisance fear that the orders do not stretch far enough and will just push trouble-makers into nearby residential streets.

The order allows officers and PCSOs to tell a group of two or more people to leave the area, to force those who do not live in the area to stay away for 24 hours and send home anyone aged under 16 who is not with an adult. Anyone who violates the order could face up to three months in prison or a fine of up to £2,500.

Police say the action comes in response to complaints made by residents and businesses about continued antisocial behaviour in the area, which is popular with the city’s student population. The new order will run until July 31 and it will include five council car parks in Grosvenor Square, Bedford Place, East-gate Street, West Park Road and The Marlands.

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Sector Inspector Ryan Bartlett said: “This area of the city is a popular location for the city’s night-time economy and attracts a significant number of people throughout the week and at weekends.

“Disappointingly a minority few of these people fail to conduct themselves properly which impacts on others. By implementing the dispersal order it provides us with alternative powers to deal with those individuals.”

The initiative comes just three months after police launched Operation Shush that saw boozed-up revellers threatened with an £80 on-the-spot fine if caught making a nuisance in the Polygon area.

Just two fines were handed out by officers during the course of the two-month operation. Lorraine Barter, who has lived in Harborough Road for 25 years and is a member of local campaign group Residents Action, said: “The fact that the police are doing this shows that the situation must have been escalating badly in recent years.

“While we do welcome the dispersal order, it is not going to have any effect on the noise for those residents living in Henstead Road and Kenilworth Road. The orders will get people out of the hotspot, well-lit areas but it is not going to make the slightest difference to people suffering from the noise as these groups make their way home.”

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12:11pm Wed 30 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

I dont understand, if the anti-social behaviour is so common and widespread, how did they only manage to hand out 2 fines in 2 months during "Operation Shush"?
I cant see this being any different, they can only deal with so many people at a time and are simply outnumbered .
I dont understand, if the anti-social behaviour is so common and widespread, how did they only manage to hand out 2 fines in 2 months during "Operation Shush"? I cant see this being any different, they can only deal with so many people at a time and are simply outnumbered . bigfella777
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12:27pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

Loads of students + Loads of bars selling cheap booze = Loads of noise,,,,,I didn't go to university to work that one out.


We should go back to the days when a group 3 or people being rowdy constituted an unlawful assembly which more often that not lead to a night in the cell's and an appearance in front of the beak,,,,fined + court costs = didn't do it again
Loads of students + Loads of bars selling cheap booze = Loads of noise,,,,,I didn't go to university to work that one out. We should go back to the days when a group 3 or people being rowdy constituted an unlawful assembly which more often that not lead to a night in the cell's and an appearance in front of the beak,,,,fined + court costs = didn't do it again Outside of the Box
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12:30pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Taskforce 141 says...

Erm, sorry to pop peoples bubble, especially Lorraine's as she is often complaining about students. But, if you live in the section 30 area then you cannot be dispersed from it... ergo "the student blight" will not be effected.

The fact of the matter is, these section 30s were bought in to deal with rough sleepers, beggars and people taking intravenous drugs in the car parks, it just so happens the area covered also includes parts of the night time economy.
Erm, sorry to pop peoples bubble, especially Lorraine's as she is often complaining about students. But, if you live in the section 30 area then you cannot be dispersed from it... ergo "the student blight" will not be effected. The fact of the matter is, these section 30s were bought in to deal with rough sleepers, beggars and people taking intravenous drugs in the car parks, it just so happens the area covered also includes parts of the night time economy. Taskforce 141
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12:36pm Wed 30 Jan 13

CharlieOxbridge says...

Echo, how can you call 2 young people that are out having a few drinks a gang?
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I agree with the local residents all this will do is move the trouble on to a quiet residential street.
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If the majority of these people are students, how about making the Universities more liable by passing the fines onto them. If the students are a continued problem maybe a threat to remove them off the course will help bring them into line. The Universities need to take more responsibility, especially as they are run more as a money making business now and not a place of study.
Echo, how can you call 2 young people that are out having a few drinks a gang? . I agree with the local residents all this will do is move the trouble on to a quiet residential street. . If the majority of these people are students, how about making the Universities more liable by passing the fines onto them. If the students are a continued problem maybe a threat to remove them off the course will help bring them into line. The Universities need to take more responsibility, especially as they are run more as a money making business now and not a place of study. CharlieOxbridge
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2:04pm Wed 30 Jan 13

hythe knights says...

Shame the police could not patrol the parks near by as well to stop the muggings and rape's.
Shame the police could not patrol the parks near by as well to stop the muggings and rape's. hythe knights
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4:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Subject48 says...

How about you just ban the drug called acohol together with the other drugs.
How about you just ban the drug called acohol together with the other drugs. Subject48
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5:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

kingnotail says...

Subject48 wrote:
How about you just ban the drug called acohol together with the other drugs.
Or legalise all the other ones?
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: How about you just ban the drug called acohol together with the other drugs.[/p][/quote]Or legalise all the other ones? kingnotail
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7:22pm Wed 30 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

Has licensing Law changed? Years ago when I held a license gained from a Magistrate rather than local Council, I had to swear that I wouldn't serve an alcoholic or anyone who appeared to be intoxicated, nor would I allow the same to be on the premises.

These days they force them to be intoxicated by selling cheap shots and continue to serve them.

Hit the licensed premises before the drunks spill out on the street and stop this at source rather than go around cleaning up the mess.
Has licensing Law changed? Years ago when I held a license gained from a Magistrate rather than local Council, I had to swear that I wouldn't serve an alcoholic or anyone who appeared to be intoxicated, nor would I allow the same to be on the premises. These days they force them to be intoxicated by selling cheap shots and continue to serve them. Hit the licensed premises before the drunks spill out on the street and stop this at source rather than go around cleaning up the mess. IronLady2010
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11:52am Thu 31 Jan 13

Brizzler says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Has licensing Law changed? Years ago when I held a license gained from a Magistrate rather than local Council, I had to swear that I wouldn't serve an alcoholic or anyone who appeared to be intoxicated, nor would I allow the same to be on the premises.

These days they force them to be intoxicated by selling cheap shots and continue to serve them.

Hit the licensed premises before the drunks spill out on the street and stop this at source rather than go around cleaning up the mess.
Not sure if the licenses has changed but we do have a law in this country against "Being drunk in a licensed premises" which was brought in because of the infamous "Jane Cakebread".

Unfortunately for whatever reason, this law never seems to be acted upon - at least I've *never* heard of anyone being arrested for it.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Has licensing Law changed? Years ago when I held a license gained from a Magistrate rather than local Council, I had to swear that I wouldn't serve an alcoholic or anyone who appeared to be intoxicated, nor would I allow the same to be on the premises. These days they force them to be intoxicated by selling cheap shots and continue to serve them. Hit the licensed premises before the drunks spill out on the street and stop this at source rather than go around cleaning up the mess.[/p][/quote]Not sure if the licenses has changed but we do have a law in this country against "Being drunk in a licensed premises" which was brought in because of the infamous "Jane Cakebread". Unfortunately for whatever reason, this law never seems to be acted upon - at least I've *never* heard of anyone being arrested for it. Brizzler
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1:57pm Fri 1 Feb 13

My boy says...

Police powers changed last year.
The police reform and social responsibility act, allows for a night time areas such as Bedford Place (Kavos Place would be more apt) with lots of anti-social behaviour to have the operating hours of ALL licensed premises restricted to midnight!

Why has this not yet been done, it's not as if there is no enough evidence?
Police powers changed last year. The police reform and social responsibility act, allows for a night time areas such as Bedford Place (Kavos Place would be more apt) with lots of anti-social behaviour to have the operating hours of ALL licensed premises restricted to midnight! Why has this not yet been done, it's not as if there is no enough evidence? My boy
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