A dispersal order will be in place over the weekend to tackle nuisance vehicles in Chatham, Chattenden, and Hoo.

It will operate from 7pm on Friday 30 June until 7pm on Sunday 2 July 2023, and cover:

• Four Elms Hill, Chattenden.

• Peninsular Way, Ratcliffe Highway and roads within the boundary of Peninsular Way, Bell Lane, and Main Road, Hoo.

• Leviathon Way, Dock Head Road, Maritime Way, Quayside, Portside View, Wheelwrights Way, Starboard Crescent, Western Avenue and Walter Burke Way, Chatham.

• It also includes the Dockside Outlet Centre, Chatham and its associated car parks.

The order is being implemented due to an increase in community complaints of nuisance vehicles and dangerous driving in the last four weeks. It allows officers to stop anyone involved in anti-social behaviour and move them on from the area.

Inspector Daniel Blatter from the Medway Community Safety Unit said: ‘Residents have reported concerns about the dangers posed to other road users and the impact on the quality of life of the community.

‘The order gives our officers additional powers to move on anyone causing a nuisance and, if necessary, arrest those who return to the area once dispersed. Those who persist in this behaviour also risk having their vehicles seized.’

Kent Police is focusing on tackling anti-social behaviour as part of the force’s ongoing Safer Summer initiative. Anybody who wishes to report incidents should report it online via the Kent Police website.

Click here for more information about Safer Summer.

By Ed

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