Crack­down by po­lice on es­tate yobs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Wil­liams saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk @SamWil­liamsKM

Six teenagers are wanted in con­nec­tion with two as­saults in Ash­ford, one which saw a 15-year-old girl hit in the face with a plank of wood.

Both at­tacks hap­pened in Stan­hope last week – half term – dur- ing a dis­tur­bance out­side a shop in Speld­hurst Close.

Of­fi­cers also say they re­ceived calls from con­cerned res­i­dents about youths hang­ing around in the area, some of whom were said to be car­ry­ing fence posts.

A post on Face­book also sug­gested that teenagers in the Wash­ford Farm and Stan­hope ar­eas had been “threat­en­ing to smash win­dows”.

Fol­low­ing the at­tacks, po­lice de­cided to place a 48-hour dis­per­sal or­der on the es­tate in an at­tempt to deal with the an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

The or­der was put in place at 4pm on Satur­day.

The trou­ble seems to have started last Wed­nes­day when a large group of teenagers re­port­edly as­saulted a 40-year-old man out­side the Stan­hope mini-mar­ket at about 9.30pm.

He suf­fered a swollen eye and blood­ied nose but did not re­quire an am­bu­lance.

The man said that ear­lier that evening he had con­fronted some teenagers who had gone into his gar­den and were bounc­ing on his chil­dren’s tram­po­line.

Of­fi­cers also say a 15-year-old girl was hit in the face with a plank of wood.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­ga­tion both in­ci­dents and would like to speak to six teenagers. They are de­scribed as:

A boy aged 14 to 16, of Chi­nese ap­pear­ance and slim build, and about 5ft 4in tall with short black hair

A white boy aged 14 to 16, of slim build, about 5ft 11in tall with dark curly hair, who was wear­ing a grey T- shirt and black bot­toms

A white boy aged 14 to 16, of slim build, about 5ft 10in tall, with short, cropped, dark hair. He was wear­ing a black Puffa -style jacket and ei­ther blue jeans or track­suit bot­toms

A white boy aged 14 to 16, of slim build who was wear­ing a track­suit top

A white girl aged 14 to 16, with blonde hair in a pony tail, who was wear­ing a black duf­fle coat with fur hood and black boots

A white girl of very slim build, with dark hair in a pony tail and dark ski pant-type leggings

Any­one who can help is asked to con­tact PC Trevor Moon on 01843 222289, quot­ing crime num­ber ZY/5384/16.

Al­ter­na­tively, if you have in­for­ma­tion but would pre­fer to re­main anony­mous call Kent Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

‘The dis­per­sal or­der was im­ple­mented over the week­end as an ex­tra mea­sure to help of­fi­cers deal with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. It fol­lows a num­ber of calls about nui­sance youths’

The area near the shops and flats in Stan­hope where youths have been hang­ing around caus­ing a nui­sance to oth­ers

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