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A number of car drivers acting in an anti social manner were reported for traffic offences and had their vehicles seized during an enforcement crackdown in north Kent and Swale on Friday.

Dedicated patrols were deployed across the county from 5pm on Friday 15 March 2024, in response of groups of motorists speeding, endangering other road users and causing excessive noise. Several areas that have suffered persistent reports of nuisance vehicles are currently subject to dispersal orders. These give officers additional powers to direct those responsible to leave the area and risk arrest if they return.

Proactive patrols travelled to Greenhithe and Swale where groups of motorists had been reported congregating in large numbers. Officers spoke with around 50 car owners and arrested two on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Five vehicles that were either uninsured or untaxed were seized and 19 people reported for a range of traffic offences including speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt. Three drivers were directed to leave the area and five needed to complete repairs to their cars within a specified time.

Superintendent Nick Sparkes said:

‘This enforcement was completed in response to numerous concerns raised by residents whose quality of life is affected by large groups of motorists causing excessive noise and endangering others road users.

‘Dispersal orders in some parts Kent are continuing into Sunday and any car owners who choose to meet in large groups and cause a persistent nuisance, risk receiving traffic offence reports, having their cars seized and in some cases being arrested.’

Anybody who wishes to report instances of anti-social behaviour should contact Kent Police 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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