POLICE were called to a 'dispute' between a man and a group of around 10 young people on Andover High Street yesterday evening (April 12).

At 5.23pm on Tuesday, officers were called to the High Street following a dispute between a man and a group of around ten young people.

A spokesperson confirmed that, upon arrival, officers located the man and spoke to him but the group had already left the area.

Reports on social media afterwards claimed the "lone man" was "vulnerable" and that many of the teens were dressed intimidatingly, wearing hoods and balaclavas and shouting and swearing.

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It comes after Hampshire Constabulary announced the launch of Operation Solar, a scheme aimed at addressing the ongoing issue in the town.

Over recent weeks, officers have been working jointly with partners including Test Valley Borough Council, Andover Town Council, the Chantry Security team and local charities to look at ways to tackle these issues and make communities safer.

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