A teenager has been arrested after a dispersal order was put in place in response to anti-social behaviour in part of Canterbury.

Kent Police was called to a report that a group of young people were throwing items into Vauxhall Road and causing a nuisance at a nearby shop at 4.10pm on Monday 7 February 2022.

Officers arrived and removed two boys from the shop and seized items which it was thought could be thrown into the road.

Following a second report of a group shouting abuse at shop staff, a 48-hour dispersal order was implemented in the area from 7pm that day, giving officers extra powers to move on anyone causing nuisance behaviour.


A 16-year-old girl was later arrested on suspicion of breaching her bail conditions relating to a previous incident.

Detective Sergeant Shelah Thompson, of Canterbury’s Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Kent Police understands the impact anti-social behaviour like this has on local businesses and motorists in the area.

‘We are determined to use every tactic open to us to deal with those who cause such problems and are working with partner agencies including Canterbury City Council to make sure the young people involved and their parents are aware of the potential consequences.

‘I urge anyone who witnesses such incidents to report them to Kent Police via our website, by calling 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.’

DS Shelah Thompson

By Ed

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