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Hardway anti-social behaviour order takes effect

An order banning anti-social behaviour at Hardway memorial green in Gosport will come into effect on 13 April. 

The order is a response to complaints from nearby residents about bad behaviour by some young people in the area. 

Neighbours have complained about obscene language, motorbike riding, littering, damage to property, intimidation, verbal abuse, drinking, cannabis smoking and even assault. 

Gosport Borough Council's Community Board approved a public spaces protection order (PSPO) last month. This followed a public consultation in which more than half of respondents said it would have a positive impact.

The PSPO will be in force from April to October. It does not ban anyone from gathering in the area or playing ball games, but is aimed at people engaging in conduct capable of causing alarm, harassment or distress.

It gives police or council officers the power to exclude people from the area for 12 hours.

Anyone refusing to comply can get a fixed penalty of up to £100 or a court fine of up to £1,000.

Click to see the order in full.

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