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No police link to post warning children to ‘avoid Gravesend town centre’

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent Police have said they are not linked to a Facebook post warning school pupils about 'gang related crime' in Gravesend town centre.

The post, which appeared in a Gravesend community group lacks any clear source but still sparked alarm.

One commenter suggested that the image originated from a school in the area, though Kent Police have not issued advice of this kind to any schools in Gravesend.

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The text warns both pupils and parents to "avoid Gravesend town centre where possible, over the next week," due to "gang related crime in the local area and south east London."

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Superintendent Neil Loudon, Deputy Divisional Commander for North Kent, said: "Kent Police is aware of a post or text message which is circulating amongst the Gravesend community stating children should stay away from busy areas of the district but I would like to state that this message has not come from the force.

"There have been a number of incidents in the town centre in recent weeks which some people may have found worrying.

"These have all involved people who are known to each other, with none of them being a pupil at a school in Gravesend."

The statement made by Kent Police further addressed the warning in the post, insisting that no such advice to avoid the town centre had been given.

"All residents, including young people, are encouraged to enjoy the district while bearing in mind the same safety precautions they would take at any other time," it read.

On the recent incidents that may have sparked concern, Superintendent Loudon said: "Specialist investigators are pursuing every available line of enquiry to bring those responsible to justice and ensure the area is kept safe for everyone to enjoy.

"Our officers also have established relationships with schools across the county to educate children on a number of issues, including drug misuse, gang crime and internet safety.

"Officers are also regularly patrolling high footfall areas and will continue to do so throughout the summer months.

"When spontaneous incidents of disorder do occur, we are well resourced to respond quickly and robustly.

"This has included arresting two people on the same night of a serious assault in Haynes Road, Northfleet.

"We were then able to promptly charge and remand them in custody to appear at court."

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