Published: 19:11, 11 June 2021
| Updated: 19:46, 11 June 2021
Nuisance behaviour in two coastal towns is being targeted this weekend with dispersal orders.
In Herne Bay the order will cover an area, which includes the beach, harbour arm, the railway station, Cobbler’s Bridge and Canterbury Road.
In Whitstable, the beach, Joy Lane, the railway station, and Tower Hill are included.
Anyone found acting or likely to cause alarm or distress can be directed by police or PCSOs to leave the area and not return without risking arrest.
Kent Police say that in recent weeks they have received reports of large groups causing noise, litter and disturbances.
Using an order on Wednesday, June 2, officers swiftly broke up the groups when reports were received in the Old Bridge Road and the West Beach areas of Whitstable.
Guy Thompson, Kent Police Inspector of Canterbury Community Safety Unit, said: "I want to remind everyone they are responsible for their own behaviour and have a part to play in ensuring the atmosphere remains enjoyable for all who visit the coast.
"Nuisance behaviour or intimidation won’t be tolerated and people will be moved away from the area and could also risk further enforcement action."
Insp Thompson said patrols would be in both towns this weekend but anyone who is concerned about any antisocial activity should report it via the website website or by calling 101 (or 999 if a crime is in progress).