Kent Police launch Dispersal Order in Tunbridge Wells to combat scourge of nuisance behaviour in the town

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A dispersal order is being enforced in Tunbridge Wells following reports of nuisance behaviour.

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Kent Police has received a number of recent complaints about groups of people behaving in an anti-social manner in the town centre, particularly at weekends.

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

Kent Police say that in response to the concerns, a dispersal order will be put in place across the town centre from 4pm on Friday 17 January 2020. It will remain in place until 4pm on Sunday 19 January.

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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