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Rowdy university students in Southampton told to 'shush' or face £80 fine
ROWDY students face an £80 fine if they ignore warnings to keep the noise down.
Hampshire police are launching a crackdown called Operation Shush, targeting the thousands of students heading to Southampton as they begin their degrees next week.
Young people will be warned to consider their neighbours when returning from nights out in the city. Signs are being put up in and around the Polygon area where many students live in multiple occupancy houses, reminding them to keep the noise down.
Patrols are also being stepped up to ensure revellers heed the advice.
If students ignore the warnings given by officers they face being handed an £80 on the spot fine.
Acting Inspector Ryan Bartlett, who is responsible for the Central Southampton area, said: “We want to make students' aware of the inconvenience they cause neighbours when they have noisy parties or return home after a night out in town.
“We want to get them to get to know and respect their neighbours who are often affected by loud anti-social behaviour which is often drink-fuelled.
“Op Shush will specifically target anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance late at night and in the early hours. Many residents including young children and the elderly live and work in the city and need to sleep and get up early for jobs and school runs. A disruptive sleep pattern caused by noise impacts on them all and is unacceptable.”
The message will be hammered home at the Freshers Fairs that are being held next week as some 5,000 students begin their university experience.
Students at Southampton Solent and the University of Southampton will also be given advice to reduce their risk of becoming victims of crime .
Engagement officer for the Polygon area PC Jeanette Denton will be meeting up with the students to provide security tips and guidance on personal safety.