Police out in force tackling nuisance behaviour at large gatherings in Whitstable

Contributed by editor on Jun 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM


More than 100 people were moved on and a man was arrested during a Kent Police operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitstable.  

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A 48-hour dispersal order under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 had been put in place from 4pm on Friday 26 June 2020 across the town and seafront following reports from residents and traders over nuisance behaviour involving large gatherings of people.

On Friday night, officers were called to the West Quay where a 22-year-old man from Gillingham, who had previously been dispersed earlier in the day, was arrested for returning to the area. He received a £90 penalty notice for disorder.

During the additional patrols carried out throughout the weekend, officers and Police Community Support Officers also spoke to members of the public about any concerns they may have regarding disorder in the area.

Advice was also given to any groups seen, and about 100 people were voluntarily moved on, while another eight people were given dispersal notices, which meant they had to leave the area and couldn’t return for 24 hours.

In addition, the Canterbury Community Policing Team patrolled areas in Whitstable and Herne Bay where concerns had recently been raised over nuisance vehicles.

Inspector Guy Thompson of Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: ‘The response that officers had from local people and visitors this weekend was positive and supportive.

‘We take reports of anti-social behaviour seriously, and believe residents and traders shouldn’t have to put up with it so we continue to work with partner agencies to see where we can reduce any incidents of ASB.

‘Our additional patrols will continue and I urge people to continue reporting incidents to us as they see it happen, the information is invaluable in ensuring any issues can be policed effectively.’

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