Police on the Isle of Wight have launched ‘Operation Varney’ to try to tackle anti-social behaviour around Newport Bus Station and Church Litten.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area, following recent reports of abusive language and alleged public order incidents – and is said to be an ongoing priority for Newport’s Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Last night (Tuesday), police said they dealt with two public order incidents. The first happened on South Street shortly before 7pm where a teenager was being verbally abusive. A 13 year-old boy was subsequently issued with a section 35 dispersal order.

At some point between 7.05pm and 7.30pm a 31 year-old man was being verbally abusive on Orchard Street and in the bus station area. The man was subsequently spoken to and a community resolution was agreed, he apologised to other members of the public who had previously heard the shouting and swearing.

Inspector Rob Abel said:

“We are working with our colleagues from the Community Safety Partnership and are regularly patrolling problem areas for anti-social behaviour which have been identified to us in Newport.

“The message to those people responsible for nuisance and anti-social behaviour issues is simple. We will take action, and this could lead to you having a criminal record. This in turn could affect your eligibility for employment, your ability to borrow money, or may mean that you cannot travel to countries like the United States in the future.

“We have a number of powers to tackle ASB and these include: dispersal orders, fixed penalty notices, acceptable behaviour contracts, and criminal behaviour orders.”