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14 caravans leave encampment in Gershwin Road
POLICE used their powers to move on around 14 caravans from Brighton Hill last night.
The travellers had come to Basingstoke from Andover.
Vicky O’Hare, corporate communications officer for Hampshire Constabulary, said police had used a Section 61 order to move the travellers on because of concerns about anti social behaviour.
She said police attended Gershwin Road, in Brighton Hill at 7.30pm to deal with the group. Acting chief inspector Dave Winter said: “In using these powers, Hampshire Constabulary will always ensure that we balance the needs and rights of all our communities with actions that are proportionate, lawful and necessary.
“I hope this swift action to move the travellers on from locations that were unsuitable will convey to all sections of the community that a robust approach will be taken against encampments within legal parameters.
“We will continue to work closely with partner agencies and private landowners to manage unauthorised encampments and identify repeat locations where there has been criminality or disorder in order to target harden these sites.”
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