A dispersal order is in place for Eastleigh town centre this weekend after a spate of anti-social behaviour. 

Police authorised the special powers yesterday (Friday, February 2) in response to a number of reports by members of the public. 

The order covers the town centre, as well as Fleming Park and Places Leisure. 

It will remain in place until 3pm on Sunday (February 4). 

The order gives officers powers to tell a person to leave and not return within a specified time period. 

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It also allows them to seize anything used in carrying out anti-social behaviour. 

Those who refuse to comply are committing an offence and could be arrested. 

Children aged under 16 will be taken back to their home with follow-up work done with parents. 

Inspector Andy Mooge, said: "We know it is only a small minority of people who become involved in this sort of behaviour. However, the impacts of ASB can be far-reaching and have a severe negative impact on the lives of local residents.

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“Antisocial behaviour often goes hand in hand with other associated criminal activity, and we are determined to put a stop to this and target the individuals involved.

“The tactics we are using are a robust measure to keep the public safe and ensure local people’s lives aren’t disrupted.

“If you have witnessed or been affected by any of this type of behaviour in the area, please continue to report it to police, so we can target our patrols and take further proactive action.”

Anyone with any information about antisocial behaviour should call 101, or report online via the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary website.