Nuisance behaviour in Whitstable and Herne Bay will be targeted this weekend with dispersal orders.

Both towns will be subject to a 48-hour dispersal order from 7pm on Friday 11 June 2021.

In Herne Bay the order will cover an area which includes the beach, harbour arm, the railway station, Cobbler’s Bridge and Canterbury Road.

In Whitstable, the beach, Joy Lane, the railway station, and Tower Hill are included in the area covered by the order.

Anyone found acting or likely to cause alarm or distress can be directed by police or PCSOs to leave the area and not return without risking arrest.

In recent weeks, Kent Police has received reports of large groups causing noise, litter and disturbances. Using an order on Wednesday 2 June, officers were able to disperse the groups swiftly without further issues when reports were received in the Old Bridge Road and the West Beach areas of Whitstable.

Kent Police Inspector of Canterbury Community Safety Unit, Guy Thompson, said: ‘I want to remind everyone they are responsible for their own behaviour and have a part to play in ensuring the atmosphere remains enjoyable for all who visit the coast. Nuisance behaviour or intimidation won’t be tolerated and people will be moved away from the area and could also risk further enforcement action.

‘Patrols will be in both towns this weekend but anyone who is concerned regarding any antisocial activity should report it to us via our website www.kent.police.uk or by calling 101 (or 999 if a crime is in progress).’

By Ed