Boys arrested over Dartford snow riot
The gang ran riot during
the snow in Dartford last month
Boys said to have terrified shoppers in Dartford when a gang ran
riot during the snow have been banned from the town.
Kent Police said the teenagers were responsible for creating
mass disorder - hurling snowballs loaded with rocks and stones at
pedestrians and cars, damaging shops and threatening
Now six teenagers - aged 14 and 15 - have been arrested at their
homes over the two-day rampage last month.
Officers gave four reprimands and two final warnings, all for
All six youths were handed banning orders from the Dartford Town
Against Crime Group so they cannot enter any shops for six
Kent Police said more arrests are planned over the disorder in
Dartford after heavy snow on Sunday, January 20.
DC Richard Allingham said: "This was a disturbing and prolonged
incident that brought real fear to residents, traders and security
staff in the town.
"There is a difference between some good-natured snowball fights
and deliberate, mean-spirited disorder, and this incident was a
determined effort by a few to cause havoc and fear to the public
trying to go about their normal business."
Sgt Karen Radford said: "We absolutely will not tolerate this
sort of behaviour and we hope our actions today will not only show
the perpetrators how serious their actions were but will also
discourage them and their peers from behaving in a similar fashion
in the future."