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UPDATED: 2 youngsters have been arrested by Police for breaching Section 35 dispersal notices and for public order offences in Newport this evening (Tuesday).

Troubled flared up in the area of McDonalds on St James’ Street at around 16:00 – the latest in a string of incidents in and around the town.

Officers are carrying out regular patrols in key locations like Church Litten, the bus station and St James’ Street as part of Operation Varney, Hampshire Constabulary’s ongoing response to anti social behaviour in Newport.

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The 2 children have been taken to Newport Police Station. They remain in custody at this time.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY – Hampshire Constabulary have today said:

“We were alerted to a public order incident on St James’ Street in Newport shortly after 4pm.

“Two 16-year-old boys from the Isle of Wight were arrested on suspicion of failing to comply with a section 35 direction excluding a person from an area.

“In addition one of the teenagers was also arrested on suspicion of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress.”

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Both 16-year-olds have now been released without charge, but remain under investigation.

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