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Police tackle boy racers on Medway City Estate

A police dispersal order to tackle nuisance vehicles on an industrial estate comes into force tonight.

The Medway City Estate is a popular spot for drivers to show off their vehicles and race each other.

The dispersal order will be in place from 6pm until Sunday, July 21.

The scene following a collision last month(13952924)
The scene following a collision last month(13952924)

Under the order, any group of two or more people found causing, or likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress can be dispersed by a uniformed officer.

Police hope it will tackle anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving.

Children under 16, who are not accompanied by a responsible adult between 9pm and 6am, can also be taken back to their home.

Officers were called to an incident in May on Sir Thomas Longley Road, following reports of the collision involving four vehicles - two of which subsequently caught fire.

Inspector Liz Jarvis, from Kent Police’s Medway Community Safety Unit, said: "Although the dispersal order is in place for a set time, anyone who drives in an antisocial manner at any time may be prosecuted or have their vehicle seized.

"Antisocial behaviour can be distressing for the communities and businesses affected I would encourage anyone affected to report their concerns to us so we can take the necessary action.

"Anyone with concerns can contact us on 101 or by using the online reporting facility on the Kent Police website."

The issue of boy racers is now being given national attention after at least 17 people were hurt when two cars ploughed into crowds of youngsters who were watching them at a car meeting in Stevenage in Hertfordshire last night.

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