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In response to concerns raised by residents and business owners about anti-social behaviour which has been causing issues for Sheerness and Sittingbourne, dispersal orders have been authorised for both communities this weekend.

Sheerness officers will be enforcing an order in Marine Parade, Trinity Road, Broadway, the High Street and Beach Street between midday on Saturday 27 April and midday on Monday 29 April 2024.

Constables in Sittingbourne will be patrolling West Street, Station Road, Milton Road, the High Street and the Eurolink retail park, over the same period.

The dispersal orders give officers additional powers to move on anyone causing a nuisance in or between the specified roads. Where necessary, they will arrest those who choose to return to the area once dispersed.

Inspector Vanessa Foster, from Swale’s Community Safety Unit, said:

‘Our officers are committed to ensuring residents, businesses owners and visitors feel safe when visiting Swale, and we will not tolerate disorderly conduct or anti-social behaviour committed by a minority of people.

‘Constables will be patrolling the specified areas and anyone found causing a nuisance or disturbance will be instructed to leave. Those who return to cause further issues can expect to be detained.’

Anybody who wishes to report anti-social behaviour should use the Kent Police website. If a crime is in progress, please don’t hesitate to call 999.

By Ed

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