A HORSE and trap race was stopped, and others were fined for traffic offences, after a dispersal order was put in place over the weekend.

Police issued the order across Hampshire until 8am today (Monday) after receiving information about planned unauthorised horse and trap racing throughout this weekend on the A33 between Winchester and Basingstoke.

It gave officers the power to disperse people and seize any items related to the anti-social behaviour offence.

In May up to 500 Travellers blocked the A33 dual carriageway for two days in of illegal racing, disrupting travel for thousands of motorists.

Now, Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed that whilst one race was started, there was no disruption to the road network.

Inspector John Stribley said: “We are grateful to the community for their support and patience as we dealt with this dynamic situation.

“We are pleased that all racing was stopped effectively thanks to a quick intervention from both our local officers, and resources from our Joint Operations Unit.

“Although one race was started, this swift action prevented it from being completed and no other races or associated criminality took place throughout the weekend.

"We’re pleased the operation has been carried out without any disruption to the road network in Hampshire, which is the best possible outcome for the local community.

“However, please be reassured that this does not mean that we are in any way being complacent.

“This situation will be monitored longer term, and we will continue to gather intelligence and work with the community moving forward. This is to ensure that we can prevent any potential future disruption to the road network in Hampshire, and robustly deal with any identified offences.”

A police presence was maintained in the area throughout the weekend to deter from any criminality, during which officers were proactive in identifying other offences not related to the racing, including:

• One driver issued a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for driving without due care and attention.

• One driver issued an FPN for driving without a seatbelt

• One vehicle seized and one driver reported for vehicle tax offences

• One vehicle seized due to not being insured.

• Two drivers spoken to for not having a valid MOT

• Two drivers stopped for excessive tinted windows

• One driver dealt with for dangerous trailer offences