Shepway Police broaden net in anti-social behaviour battle

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2004 - 04:04 PM

Extra powers available to police will mean that from today (1 November),  officers will be able to move groups o­n who are causing intimidation, alarm or distress in areas of Cheriton.

Cheriton become a designated dispersal area after complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour in the area.

Under the act, any group of two or more people found causing intimidation, alarm or distress in the designated area can be dispersed by police.

Young people under the age of 16 who are not accompanied by a responsible adult between 9.00pm and 6.00am can be taken back to their homes.

Councillor Robert Bliss said: "I welcome these new proposals which give the police the power to move these troublemakers o­n before they have committed an offence. The people of Cheriton made it clear that anti-social behaviour is a major concern at a recent Cheriton Police Review which I attended along with around 100 local residents. Their views were strongly made and I am glad we were able to act o­n those concerns and today we can start seeing the result.â€?

Other areas in Shepway which have already become DDA's include Palmarsh in Hythe and The Black Bull Road area of Folkestone and Hawkinge.