Police have issued a dispersal order after a group of 'youths' were caught causing 'significant disorder'.

Officers were called to an area of Hedge End on Thursday after reports of a group of 20-30 youths causing significant disorder in and around Drummond Road and Whites Road through to the Grange Park area of Hedge End.

Now, officers have taken action and issued a dispersal order under section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This began at 6pm last night and will continue through to 6pm on Sunday.

Police made two arrests on Thursday evening and bail conditions have been imposed.

In a post from Hedge End police they said: "Further interviews will be taking place in due course. It is important to stress that if your child was out last night in this area, we recommend that you / they contact Hampshire Police, Hedge End Police Station with the reference 44210414513."

What does it mean?

The act says:

1. A constable in uniform may direct a person who is in a public place in the locality specified in the authorisation— (a)to leave the locality (or part of the locality), and (b)not to return to the locality (or part of the locality) for the period specified in the direction (“the exclusion period”).

2. The first condition is that the constable has reasonable grounds to suspect that the behaviour of the person in the locality has contributed or is likely to contribute to— (a)members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or (b)the occurrence in the locality of crime or disorder.

3. The second condition is that the constable considers that giving a direction to the person is necessary for the purpose of removing or reducing the likelihood of the events mentioned in subsection (2)(a) or (b).

4. The exclusion period may not exceed 48 hours.

The period may expire after (as long as it begins during) the period specified in the authorisation under section 34.

5. A direction under this section— (a)must be given in writing, unless that is not reasonably practicable; (b)must specify the area to which it relates; (c)may impose requirements as to the time by which the person must leave the area and the manner in which the person must do so (including the route).

6. The constable must (unless it is not reasonably practicable) tell the person to whom the direction is given that failing without reasonable excuse to comply with the direction is an offence.

7. If the constable reasonably believes that the person to whom the direction is given is under the age of 16, the constable may remove the person to a place where the person lives or a place of safety.

8. Any constable may withdraw or vary a direction under this section; but a variation must not extend the duration of a direction beyond 48 hours from when it was first given.