Community Safety Partnership tackles anti-social behaviour in Stanmore

Press Release: 17/01/2011

Winchester Community Safety Partnership has been made aware of a malicious leaflet distributed in the Stanmore area of Winchester on Tuesday 11th January 2011. 

The leaflets caused offence to local residents who alerted the police.

The Police in conjunction with Winchester City Council and the University of Winchester have acted swiftly and taken positive steps to prevent further leaflets being delivered within the community.

Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that a 19 year old local male that was arrested on Thursday 13th January 2011 has been given an adult caution for his part in the offence.

PC Kevin Hercock, of Hampshire Constabulary stated, "I would like to remind anyone else thinking of either publishing or distributing this kind of offensive literature they will make themselves liable to prosecution".

Seb Miell, the President of Winchester Student Union states “The Student Union had no knowledge of this publication. The Union supports freedom of speech; however it does not support or condone the views of the released publication.”

Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester said: “The University would like to thank Hampshire Police and Winchester City Council for their support on this matter. I’m grateful that the University’s actions helped deal with the issue quickly and effectively.

“It is deeply disappointing that a Winchester student has been found to be involved with this offensive publication that was distributed to members of our local community. The student cautioned by police will also face further action under the University’s disciplinary process.”