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Dispersal order made in Tunbridge Wells by Kent Police

A dispersal order has been made in Tunbridge Wells, following complaints of vandalism and abusive language.

The order will take effect from 4pm today and span the town centre. It will remain in place until 4pm on January 19.

A dispersal order has been made in Tunbridge Wells town centre, which will take effect from 4pm today Picture by: Matthew Walker
A dispersal order has been made in Tunbridge Wells town centre, which will take effect from 4pm today Picture by: Matthew Walker

Police made the order in response to a number of recent complaints about groups behaving in an anti-social manner in the town centre, particularly at weekends.

This behaviour has included disorder, criminal damage, abusive language and dangerous cycling in retail areas, parks and other public spaces.

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

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

Inspector David Higham of Tunbridge Wells community safety unit, said: "While we want young people to come to the town centre to meet friends and socialise, they must do so in a way that is responsible and considerate to others.

"Unfortunately some people are choosing to behave in a manner that is a nuisance to visitors, businesses and residents.

"Our officers will regularly be patrolling the area covered by the order and will intervene where anyone is found to be misbehaving.

"Failure to comply with an instruction given by an officer could also lead to an arrest being made."

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