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Alert message sent 05/06/2021 16:47:00

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Dear Citizen    
My colleague PCSO Steve Tizzard recently sent out the below post on Facebook. I think it’s a really good post and wanted to share it with you, to reach those who may not be on Facebook. (If you are on Facebook & Twitter, please follow us ‘Hedge End Police’).

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We hope that you are all looking forward to the start of the warm summer weather (coming very soon according to the BBC Weather App). Lockdown restrictions have been easing gradually, with many more people getting out and about and gatherings occurring in public places (up to 30) until 21st June. 
We are expecting to see many more people enjoying the freedom and weather that the end of Lockdown will bring, but we anticipate this will also bring more challenging behaviour for us and our partner agencies to deal with.
We are seeing large gatherings of youths in various beauty spots, parks and woodlands (North and South parishes) and are starting to get reports of increased anti-social behaviour (ASB).  Three 'HOTSPOT' areas that we are currently dealing with are Greta Park woodland, Woodhouse Skate Park in Hedge End and Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley. 
This summer our top priority for Hedge End, West End, Botley (North) and Bursledon, Netley, Hamble (South) is dealing with ASB that is occurring in these and other 'HOTSPOTS' and disrupting/dealing with those youths that are regularly involved in anti-social and nuisance behaviour.
What is Anti-social behaviour?
An incident that falls short of a notifiable crime, where the behaviour of an individual or group results, or is likely to result in:- harassment, alarm or distress to any person, not of the same household, another party feeling personally threatened, creates a public nuisance or detrimental impact upon the environment, or has a detrimental effect upon the quality of life of an individual or the community as a whole.
ASB Personal:
Deliberately targeted at an individual or group or having an impact on an individual or group rather than the community at large.
ASB Environmental:
The interface between people and places, where individuals and groups have an impact on their surroundings.
Incidents where individuals misuse that space can include abandoned vehicles, light pollution and noise.
ASB Nuisance:
Where trouble, annoyance, inconvenience, offence or suffering is caused to the local community rather than to individual victims.
Two examples of ASB Nuisance this evening were:
A call out to approximately 8/10 male youths causing nuisance at Hedge End tennis courts at around 8pm - the tennis courts are next to Woodhouse skate park (hotspot) and are owned and kept locked by the parish council.  They are for tennis bookings only. The report stated that these youths were scaling the high fencing to enter the courts to play football, cycle around and cause nuisance. This is trespass and they could have caused damage to tennis equipment.  There was also a smell of cannabis in the area of the courts, and a report of a mini moto - bike being ridden illegally around the adjacent recreation ground.  There was also considerable littering at the nearby skate ramps where they moved onto. Youths were captured on camera hurriedly leaving the courts upon police attendance. Advice was given to them about their behaviour and attitude. Parents of these under 18's will be contacted in due course.
Customers shopping at Hedge End Co-op this afternoon reported a group of youths running around the store, with a strong smell of cannabis in the air, running out with food items, being rude to staff and not wearing masks.  These youths have been captured on CCTV and may be linked to previous ASB/theft/public order incidents in the Co-op store that have occurred within the last 10 days.  These are currently being investigated and we aim to identify these youths and deal with any ASB/criminal offences.
If you are experiencing or witness ASB this summer, please report to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 (Non emergency) or 999 (Emergency) or online reporting via the Hampshire Constabulary website.  It is important that these incidents are reported and we are aware of the problems. They can then be added to our current list of 'HOTSPOTS' for patrol purposes.
Thank you
PCSO 14468

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Mica Woodcock (Police, PCSO, Eastleigh District)

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