Arrests and cautions at dispersal zone
Police have made arrests and
issued cautions since being given new powers to disperse groups of
young people on an estate in Dartford.
A dispersal area was introduced
on January 31 at Temple Hill.
It will run for three months
until April 30.
The order allows police to
disperse any group of two or more people found causing or likely to
cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Under 16s who aren’t with a
responsible adult between 9pm and 6am can be taken back home.
Failure to comply could lead to a fine and/or three months
Since the order has been in
place there have been:
- 190 stop checks of people and
- Four arrests for possession with intent to
- One Penalty Notice for Disorder for possession of
- One arrest for cultivating
- One arrest for affray
- Four cannabis cautions
- Two arrests for criminal
Sergeant Karen Radford of Kent
Police’s Community Safety Unit said: "We have been working closely
with the young people on the Temple Hill estate and have had some
positive results so far.
"We have made some arrests,
issued cautions and spoken with people about their behaviour on
Temple Hill and warned that it will not be tolerated.
"Kent Police will continue to
work with young people to channel their spare time into something
constructive and, working with local youth clubs, cadets and scout
groups, we have organised a youth engagement day next
The youth engagement day has
been arranged between 11am and 3pm on March 9 at the Living Well
Centre, St Edmunds Road in Dartford.