Hampshire Police have set up a dispersal order to tackle anti-social behaviour in Petersfield town centre.
It follows a disturbance in The Square last Friday night. Three men were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
What happened last Friday?
A 26-year-old man from Petersfield, a 46-year-old man and a 23-year-old man from Horndean, and a 27-year-old man from Bordon, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
All four have been questioned by officers and released under investigation while enquiries continue.
What’s happening this weekend?
The Police have put in place a dispersal order. It has effect from 6pm tonight (Friday) until 6pm on Sunday.
They say it is part of their response to this incident and concerns raised in relation to an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.
Which area is affected?
The order covers central Petersfield including The Square and the area bordered by Station Road, Charles Street, The Spain, Hylton Road, Dragon Street and College Street.
It means the Police have the power disperse people involved in anti-social behaviour in the area and lets officers seize anything used by people who are committing anti-social behaviour.
Petersfield Neighbourhood Sergeant Kieren Mansell said:
“We are investigating an incident that took place in the Town Square last Friday, 4 March in which three men were injured during an altercation with another group of people.
“If you were in the area at the time and witnessed the incident, but haven’t yet spoken to us, we urge you to get in touch.
“We believe some people may have filmed the incident on their smart phones. Do you have any mobile phone footage that may help our investigation?”
“Anyone with any information is asked to call us on 101 quoting reference 44220088883 or report online via the Hampshire Constabulary website.
“We know anti-social behaviour and associated crime has a negative impact on the local community which is why we have set up a dispersal order to run throughout this weekend.
“The order has been authorised to run for 48 hours from 6pm this afternoon and covers the area shown in the map.
“Whilst we have already increased our patrols in the area, we also feel that making use of these powers to disperse groups of people will help to us to further tackle these issues and keep people safe.
“Officers will be conducting high visibility patrols throughout the weekend. We would ask anyone who has any concerns or information to stop and speak to them.”
Anyone who witnesses any anti-social behaviour should call 101 or report it at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/.
If you see a crime always dial 999.