Police in Thanet have seized a knife and made an arrest as part of work to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Officers from the district’s Neighbourhood Task Force, acting on concerns from residents about groups of teenagers in the area, visited Minster and local businesses on the afternoon of Tuesday 23 January 2024.

A group who had been causing a disturbance were spoken to and a knife was seized following searches of some of those involved.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife and was later bailed pending further enquiries.

Three others were driven home and spoken to in the presence of their parents about the impact of their actions.

Inspector Jim Woodward, of Thanet Community Safety Unit, said:

‘Our officers are determined to tackle behaviour of this kind to protect businesses, their staff and the local residents who use them.

‘I would urge any young person considering carrying a knife to think again. It can lead to you being arrested, charged or, worse still, suffering serious or fatal injuries.

‘I also ask parents to speak to their children about where they are going and what they are doing, to help us tackle issues of this kind.’

Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action, a national week of activity to highlight the positive impact that neighbourhood policing has on communities throughout the year, runs from Monday 22 January.

By Ed

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