POLICE in Chippenham have moved on a group of people causing anti-social behaviour problems after issuing a dispersal order following complaints from local residents.

The dispersal order was issued at the end of March for an area around Unity House in Chippenham.

It followed ongoing reports of excessive drinking of alcohol and fighting involving people living in tents on a grassed area close to the house.

It covered the period from 12.15am on March 29 until 2am on March 30, meaning that only the residents of Unity House could be in the area during these times.

Sgt Richard Marshall, of Wiltshire Police, said: “We have been working closely with the Housing Association and rough sleeper teams to tackle the issue following a number of ongoing issues, to ensure those staying in the tents near to Unity House were assisted with finding suitable housing options.

“Eviction notices were issued and all individuals have moved on and we are pleased that the issue has now been resolved.”

When the order was put in place, Inspector James Brain said: “It is hoped this dispersal order will help reduce the likelihood of crime or disorder in the area and prevent local residents from being distressed as a result of the actions of a few individuals.”