Dispersal order put in place at Millbrook, Southampton
A DISPERSAL order was put in place in Southampton last night in a bid to tackle ‘noisy and rude’ young people shouting abuse at residents.
A teenager was arrested following anti-social behavior in Millbrook last night.
Police reported a group of boys and girls lingering outside shops on Windermere Avenue outside Millbrook Towers.
Officers asked the group of teenagers to move to Mansel Park and away from the shops, but received “lots of smart responses and rude remarks”.
The teenagers continued to be loud, disruptive and shout abuse at residents using the stores.
The police decided to implement a dispersal order to give the police the power to remove young people from the area.
The group still refused to leave and other officers were called to the scene.
One person was arrested and three youths received dispersal notices.
In a social media post, a Force spokesperson said: “We were grateful to the parents of those we dispersed who supported us. They were disappointed and probably embarrassed that we had to take action there. .
“One parent was not so supportive and felt we were being overbearing. The video recorded by the officers present would not support those parents’ thoughts on this.
“The behavior of this group has caused intimidation, anxiety and fear to many people using the stores and passing through over the past few weeks.
“The frustration of other residents also translated into anger towards the youngsters.”
The dispersal zone is in place around the Millbrook towers and the shops on Windermere Avenue until 11.59pm tonight, March 13.
Anyone already dispersed from the area who returns during this time will be arrested and prosecuted.
Anyone in the area who causes or is likely to cause incivility or disturbance may be dispersed for the duration of the order.
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