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Margate: Thanet council's Community Safety Team obtains civil injunction over prolific drinker

By Katie Davis

A civil injunction to stop a prolific street drinker causing problems in Margate town centre has been successfully obtained by Thanet council's Community Safety Team.

Following an investigation over several months, with concerns raised by the public and councillors, the injunction was awarded on Tuesday, May 9.

Thanet County Court accepted the council's evidence that in this case, the respondent should attend residential rehabilitation at the council's request, engage with support services and be prohibited from setting foot in most of Margate.

Civil injunction obtained to stop prolific drinker causing problems. Stock pic
Civil injunction obtained to stop prolific drinker causing problems. Stock pic

This includes storing of belongings, drinking, or carrying alcohol and causing a nuisance.

This is the fifth such injunction the team has obtained against individuals guilty of persistent anti-social behaviour.

This comes since the news injunctions commenced in 2015, as a result of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Picture: GettyImages
Picture: GettyImages

Rob Kenyon, Director of Community Services, Thanet District Council said: “We would like to reassure Margate residents and traders that action is being taken to combat street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

“At the same time as taking cases to court, we also attempt to address contributing factors to anti-social behaviour.

"For example, we will continue to point people to the right places to receive help and offer advice.

"Our Housing Team works closely with support agencies to assist those in need. However, these efforts always need to be balanced against any detrimental impact on the wider community.”

If you have any issues or concerns over anti-social behaviour, you can contact Thanet District Council’s Community Safety Team directly on 01843 577903 or email community.safety@thanet.gov.uk.

All information will be treated in confidence and can be reported anonymously.

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