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Whitstable dispersal order brought in to quash surge of Anti Social Behaviour in town and on beaches

Contributed by editor on Jun 28, 2020 - 09:55 AM

 

A dispersal order is in place this weekend as part of officers’ ongoing work against reports of disorder and anti-social behaviour in Whitstable.


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In recent weeks Kent Police has received a number of reports of people gathering and causing disturbances on the beaches and in the town during the evenings and at weekends.

On Thursday 25 June, instances of anti-social behaviour, nuisance vehicles, and fireworks being set off were all reported to police, including a disturbance in Harbour Street involving a large number of young people.


In response to concerns, a dispersal order will be in place in Whitstable from 4pm on Friday 26 June for 48 hours.

It means anyone found causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress can be made to leave the area. They will risk arrest should they return within 24 hours.

The order covers most of the town, including Harbour Street, Old Bridge Road, Cromwell Road, the seafront, the harbour and Tankerton Slopes.


Canterbury Community Safety Inspector Guy Thompson said: ‘While we understand people feel the need to enjoy themselves and we do welcome people to the town, they must do it responsibly, and with consideration for others.

‘Anti-social behaviour is not tolerated, it can have a detrimental impact on the community and we continue to work with partner agencies to tackle it.

‘We encourage residents, as well as parents and guardians, to continue to work with us and report any incidents to us via 101 (or 999 if a crime is taking place).


‘Additional patrols of the town will take place this weekend and our message is clear: anyone found to be behaving in a disorderly way or causing problems can expect to have appropriate action taken against them.’ 

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