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'Drunk' tries to fight police officers in Whitstable hours after dispersal order enforced

A 'drunk' tried to fight police officers just hours after a dispersal order was enforced in a coastal town.

The individual was reportedly "causing issues" in Whitstable last night and was restrained and arrested after allegedly confronting officers.

Police pictured out on patrol in Whitstable during lockdown last year
Police pictured out on patrol in Whitstable during lockdown last year

Canterbury's Community Policing Team were in the town after a 48-hour dispersal order came into effect at 7pm on Friday.

In Whitstable, the beach, Joy Lane, the railway station, and Tower Hill are included.

Meanwhile, in Herne Bay the order covers an area which includes the beach, harbour arm, the railway station, Cobbler’s Bridge and Canterbury Road.

In the early hours of this morning, Kent Police Canterbury tweeted: "#Canterbury CPT were in #Whitstable when a drunk male causing issues was bought to our attention.

"He refused to engage instead immediately trying to fight us.

"We quickly restrained and arrested him for being drunk and disorderly.

"Many thanks to those who checked on our welfare."

The dispersal order means 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.

It is not known if the individual arrested last night was within the area covered by the dispersal order.

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 or by calling 101 (or 999 if a crime is in progress).

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