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'Car enthusiast' meeting planned for Dartford sparks emergency police dispersal order

Concerned police have taken emergency action over plans for a huge meeting of "car enthusiasts" which is planned for this weekend.

While the exact location of the meet is unknown, it is due to take place in Dartford on Saturday evening, and has prompted fears it could cause "disturbance and distress" to residents.

Police on patrol (stock picture)
Police on patrol (stock picture)

Police have now put a dispersal order in place across the entire borough, from 7pm on Friday until 6pm on Sunday.

Officers will be able to disperse people and vehicles from the area for the duration of the order.

Once dispersed, they are not permitted to return while the order is in force. If they do, police could take further action such as seizing property, including vehicles.

Inspector Sarah Rivett, of Dartford’s Community Safety Unit, said: "Whilst we appreciate there are people who simply want to meet up with friends and who may have an interest in cars, we are also very aware of the disturbance and distress caused to local residents as a direct result of the actions of a small minority of people.

"Gatherings like this can lead to numerous complaints about anti-social behaviour and are extremely concerning for the community. Dispersal orders give us the power to remove groups of people who we believe are likely to cause anti-social behaviour.

"We work regularly with partner agencies to address anti-social behaviour and urge members of the public to continue to report their concerns to us by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. It helps us build a picture of where our resources are needed. You can also report issues online."

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