POLICE patrols have been carried in Swanmore after a rise in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage around the village.

Over the last two weeks Hampshire Constabulary and Swanmore Parish Council have received an increased number of reported incidents.

Now patrols are being undertaken, with Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sarah McCulloch and Community Safety Officer Gary McCulloch jointly working and making enquiries to establish who is responsible.

A post from PCSO McCulloch said: “If you are a victim of ASB (anti-social behaviour) or criminal damage or have any information in relation to who may be responsible, please do consider reporting it to Hampshire Constabulary.

“Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, their community or their environment. This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime, concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.”

During one incident police reported having to as dealing with an incident between young people.

And earlier this week officers were visible around school pick up to encourage sensible parking and discourage anti-social behaviour.

Anyone with information should call 101 or 999 in an emergency.