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Police move on encampment in Portchester

Police have been working with partners at Fareham Borough Council in response to an unauthorised encampment which was set up at Wicor Recreation Ground, Portchester today (5 July)


Under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, police have the power to direct individuals to leave the land and remove any vehicles or property they have with them. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.


These powers can be considered in the following circumstances:


    Communities are deprived of local amenities; or significant impact on the environment


    There is local disruption to the economy


    There is other significant disruption to the local community or environment


    There is a danger to life where there is a need to take preventative action.


Following a review of the circumstances surrounding the encampment at Wicor Recreation Ground, and in consultation with Fareham Borough Council, police have today utilised these powers, and the group have now left the site.


On the occasions where police use such powers, Hampshire Constabulary will always ensure that they balance the needs and rights of all communities with actions that are proportionate, lawful and necessary.


Police work closely with landowners and partners to ensure that a robust approach is taken against encampments within legal parameters.