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A dispersal order for Sittingbourne Retail Park and the High Street, launched at 2pm on Thursday 25 May, will be in place until 2pm on Sunday 28 May 2023.

The order has been implemented due to an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour in the district at weekends. It allows officers to stop anyone involved in disorderly behaviour and move them on from the area.

Inspector Vanessa Foster from Swale’s Community Safety Unit said: ‘There has been a recent increase in nuisance behaviour in the area, which is negatively impacting on the local community’s quality of life. This weekend, Sittingbourne will see increased patrols to tackle the issue.

‘The dispersal order gives our officers additional powers to move on anyone causing a nuisance and, if necessary, arrest those who return to the area once dispersed. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and those responsible will be held to account.’

Anybody who wishes to report instances of anti-social behaviour should report it online via the Kent Police website. If a crime is in progress, please don’t hesitate to call 999.

By Ed

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