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48-hour dispersal order put in place in Whitstable and Herne Bay

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Original article from Kent Live

Police patrols will be in Whitstable and Herne Bay over the weekend after reports of nuisance behaviour.

Both towns are subject to a 48-hour dispersal order as of 7pm yesterday (June 11).

Officers say they have received reports of large groups causing noise, litter and disturbances in recent weeks.

As a result, a dispersal order will be put in place in several areas within the two coastal towns until 7pm on Sunday (June 13).

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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 Inspector of Canterbury Community Safety Unit, Guy Thompson, 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.

"Patrols will be in both towns this weekend but anyone who is concerned regarding any antisocial activity should report it to us via our website www.kent.police.uk or by calling 101 (or 999 if a crime is in progress)."

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