POLICE have used specially authorised powers to move on a group of Travellers following reports of anti-social behaviour.

The group, comprising of 19 caravans and 25 vehicles, set up at the Winchester South Park and Ride in Otterbourne Road on April 11.

Inspector John Stribley authorised the Section 61 order, having undertaken a full review of the circumstances and reports of anti-social behaviour and environmental damage.

“Hampshire Constabulary will always ensure that we balance the needs of all of our communities when using these powers," said Inspector Stribley.

"Our actions must be proportionate, lawful, and necessary. “I hope our swift action to move unauthorised encampments from unsuitable locations will convey to all sections of the community that a robust approach will be taken against encampments within the legal parameters.

“We will continue to work closely with partner agencies, and private landowners, to manage unauthorised encampments and identify and deal with any issues of disorder or criminality.”

The direction was issued at 1pm on Monday April 12 for the group to move on.

Under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, powers can be considered by police in the following circumstances:

- Significant local disruption or deprivation of access to amenities, nuisance or criminal behaviour.

- Unacceptable levels of damage to land or property to gain entry or remain

- Danger to life or a need to take preventative action