Officers use injunctions to tackle anti-social behaviour in Basingstoke

Published: 07 June 2018


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Officers use injunctions to tackle anti-social behaviour in Basingstoke


 

Officers in Basingstoke have taken an innovative approach to tackling anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team has successfully applied for Criminal Behaviour Injunctions for three teenagers - a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons – to prevent them from engaging in anti-social behaviour.

The six-month civil order, granted by Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5 June, means the three teenagers cannot enter a specified area of Basingstoke town centre, either by themselves or with others.   The order has exceptions, so that the teenagers can attend appointments, school or work, or visit town centre itself if accompanied by specified adults.

The area covered includes the Top of the Town, Festival Place and the Malls, the railway station, War Memorial Park and Eastrop Park.

If they do break the civil order, then they will be liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment or to a fine or both.

The order was made using powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

PC Christian Reid Milligan, of the Basingstoke’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are continually working with our local partners and businesses to address anti-social behaviour issues in Basingstoke town centre.

“As part of this work, we have looked at all options available to us, including the use of civil injunctions.

“This order is a first for our district, and we believe it will help us address an issue that has a negative impact on those living and working nearby.

“If you have concerns about anti-social behaviour where you are, please call your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”

 


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