POLICE have issued a dispersal order as part of a clampdown on anti-social behaviour and crime in the St Mary's area of Southampton.

The dispersal order will last until 7.30pm on Saturday, June 6.

It covers an area including St Matthew’s Close, St Mary’s Street, Golden Grove, Kingsland Estate and Houndwell Park.

Used to crack down on anti-social behaviour and crime it gives police the power to break up groups of people.

Officers can seize any items used during anti-social behaviour incidents.

It also means youngsters under 16-years-old can be taken be to their home address, and follow-up work will be done with parents.

Police Sergeant Alan Dineley said “We know that anti-social behaviour has a negative impact on those living and working in the St Mary’s area and this behaviour is not acceptable.

“Our officers are on the ground today patrolling the area in order to disperse groups of youths who are seen hanging around the area and we will continue to patrol the area over the coming weeks to engage with the community and keep the public safe.

“Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour or large gatherings of people should call 101 or report it to us online at www.hampshire.police.uk. If a crime is in progress, call 999."