Fifteen large cannisters containing nitrous oxide have been seized from people on a Margate beach by officers from the Thanet Neighbourhood Policing Team.

As part of ongoing work to promote and encourage a safer summer across the county, the officers were joined by British Transport Police as well as a passive drugs dog when they went out on foot patrol in Margate on Saturday 10 June 2023.

Using the dog, work to detect drugs was carried out along the seafront area of the town and ten people were stopped and searched.

As a result, five people were found to have cannabis, one person had ketamine and one person had cocaine. All of the drugs were seized by police.

In response to concerns from local businesses, officers also carried out extensive patrols on Margate Main Sands. A group of people were seen and spoken to regarding the use of nitrous oxide cannisters and around 15 large canisters were confiscated.

Kent Police Inspector Jim Woodward of Thanet Community Safety Unit said: ‘During the summer months, there is an increase in people visiting Thanet and most do so without any issue.

‘However there can be a minority who cause problems for others which is unacceptable.

‘We recognise the impact anti-social behaviour can have on residents, visitors and businesses so people can expect to see our officers, including our new community beat PCs, out in areas where there is a high number of people, to provide reassurance and be on hand if any issues arise.

‘Already during a foot patrol on Saturday, officers worked quickly and robustly to confiscate large catering-size cannisters of nitrous oxide from a group of people and educate them on the risks of using the gas recreationally.

‘We will continue to work with the Thanet District Council’s beach enforcement officers to support them if needed in keeping the beaches safe.

‘If anyone has concerns regarding anti-social behaviour, I encourage them to flag it in person to our officers or report it via our website.’

•         Click here for further support and advice relating to anti-social behaviour and here for more information about #SaferSummer.

By Ed

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