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Dispersal order planned for Chatham

by Jenni Horn

Groups of people intent on causing trouble in Chatham will soon be moved on by police thanks to a new dispersal order.

Kent Police in Medway and Medway Council are introducing a dispersal zone which gives officers powers to move on groups of two or more people if they have, or are likely, to cause trouble.

It has been introduced after concerns about groups of people behaving in an anti-social manner in the area.

It will run from Friday, November 20, to Sunday, December 20.

Insp Noel Stanley, who is responsible for neighbourhood policing in Chatham Central, said:“We will move groups on if we believe that they have been or are likely to cause anti-social behaviour.

"We can also ensure that they do not return for anything up to 24 hours. Under certain conditions we are also able to take home any under 16’s who we feel may be vulnerable or at risk.

Chatham exclusion zone
Chatham exclusion zone

The zone is contained within the borders of City Way, parts of the High Street, Medway Street, Best Street, Chatham Hill, Rainham Road, Beacon Hill, Magpie Hall Road, The Ridgeway and Horsted Way, Chatham.

Insp Stanley added: “I’ve been involved in dispersal zones in the past and they really do work.

"This initiative isn’t just about moving people into another area but it is about breaking up groups who are causing anti social behaviour.

"We are expecting reductions in anti social behaviour and criminal damage and this action sends a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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