Police called to public disorder in Newport

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have responded in numbers to public disorder outside McDonald’s in Newport this evening.

A number of officers and police vans attended the fast food outlet just before 9 pm on Friday evening (January 5).

Bystanders stated that a large group of teenagers had gathered outside the premises.

Officers are understood to have detained and arrested a number of people to prevent a breach of the peace. A shaken taxi driver revealed that a group of unruly youths were abusive to officers after they had been asked to move on.

It is understood that some of the youths involved in the disorder had previously been in McDonald’s and had been asked to leave after a table in the restaurant had been damaged. A male and a female are understood to have been detained by officers on suspicion of assault and criminal damage.

A number of concerned readers have contacted the IW Observer to state they feel uncomfortable using McDonald’s after a certain time, due to the presence of aggressive groups of youths.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “ Officers were called to a report of anti social behaviour in Newport Town Centre on Friday, January 4.

The incident occurred at around 8.50pm in St James’s Street.

A 16 year old girl from Wroxall was arrested on suspicion of assault and obstructing police and has been released under investigation.

A 16 year old male from Newport was arrested on suspicion of attempted criminal damage. He was subsequently dearrested. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police in 101 quouting reference number is 44190004806.