Hampshire Constabulary

Man arrested and charged after dispersal orders imposed in Totton

News   •   Mar 08, 2019 15:09 GMT

A man has been arrested by officers targeting anti-social behaviour in Totton town centre.

Today (Friday 8 March), a 39-year-old man was arrested for failing to comply with a dispersal order.

He was also arrested in connection with an altercation on Monday 4 March involving two males and a community warden.

Neil James Gadd, 39, of no fixed abode, has now been charged with common assault, and failing to comply with a section 35 direction excluding a person from an area.

He has been released from custody on conditional bail and is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on April 8.

Officers from Totton’s Neighbourhood Policing Team set up a dispersal order on Friday 1 March following reports of anti-social behaviour.

The order lasted for 48 hours, and covered the Totton precinct area.

A second order was imposed on Wednesday 6 March, and included a wider area bordered by Library Road, Commercial Road, Testwood Lane, Ringwood Road and Maynard Road.

A third order with the same area is in place and will last up to 10.45am on Sunday 10 March.

So far, officers have used the order to ask four people to leave the affected area.

Sergeant Rob Ford said: “The point of the dispersal order is to improve the quality of life for those visiting the town centre.

“I would like to thank all those people who have reported incidents to us over the past week.

“Any information from the public can help us build a bigger picture of what is happening, and allows us to plan accordingly, so please report issues by dialling 101.”