DISPERSAL powers have been launched in Romsey's town centre, following a rise in anti-social behaviour.

Police say the powers started at 12pm today (April 23) and will run until 6am on Monday, April 26.

It covers the area surrounding Romsey town centre as shown in the map below.

The map released by Hampshire police

The map released by Hampshire police

The dispersal zone covers the town centre, down to Bypass Road and up to Sandy Lane.

It gives officers the power to disperse people under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014; they can also seize any items used in the commission of anti-social behaviour.