A suspected drug dealer was arrested and more than 25 people were stopped by officers as part of work to keep Thanet safe in the summer evenings.

During the evening of Saturday 28 May 2022, officers from the Thanet Multi-Agency Task Force carried out patrols in Broadstairs and Ramsgate as well as Margate Train Station.

Teamwork: PD Dougal with offices and special officers.

Kent Police Dog (PD) Dougal, a specialist dog trained in detecting drugs, worked with officers from Kent Special Constabulary and the British Transport Police at Margate Train Station where several young people were reported for being in possession of drugs.

A 27-year old man from Ashford was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply. He was released on bail until 1 September.

Anti-social behaviour

PD Dougal also joined patrols in Pierremont Park and Memorial Park in Broadstairs to help them carry out a stop and search of people carrying suspected drugs in the area.

A dispersal order was in place to tackle recent reports of anti-social behaviour resulting in officers moving on groups of young people from the parks. Parents and guardians will be contacted by officers as part of ongoing work to deal with those responsible for causing any issues.

Plain clothes officers were used to identify further potential drug use at various areas in Broadstairs.

Safer socialising

Additional patrols were carried out in Ramsgate, including the High Street and Harbour Street to encourage safer socialising in pubs and clubs.

District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Matthew Smith said: ‘During the summer months it is understandable that people want to spend a day or night out and we see more people coming to Thanet to do so.

‘Most people cause no issues at all, but those who do, can impact on others in the community. We remind people to socialise safely and with consideration to other people.

‘Our officers will be carrying out further work with partner agencies, local businesses as well as the public this summer to ensure the area remains safe for all.’

By Ed

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