Groups of people have been gathering around the area of Culver Parade, flouting social distancing rules imposed by the Government during the coronavirus crisis and causing a public nuisance with swearing, fighting and drinking.
Earlier today, local councillor Paul Brading said that the trouble is thought to involve people currently residing at various hotels in Sandown on a short term basis. This is believed to include the homeless. These hotels are being funded by the council with the co-operation of owners.
Hampshire Constabulary have this evening confirmed that officers have now been authorised the use of a dispersal power available under Section 35 of the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2012 in the area shown on the map below.
This gives officers and PCSOs the power to disperse people from within the zone shown for up to 48 hours if they are contributing, or likely to contribute to, either anti social behaviour or crime/disorder. This power lasts until 19:02 on Sunday 5th April.
Local residents – some of which have said the undesirables should have been split up across the Island – will notice increased patrols in the Sandown area as Police reassure the public that they are dealing with the issues that have been raised.
On Thursday night a man sustained a fractured skull following an incident in Crescent Road – just behind the hotels where individuals are being temporarily housed.