Ex­tra poW­erS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Crackdown On Anti-social Behaviour At Estate -

A dis­per­sal or­der gives of­fi­cers the pow­ers to di­rect a per­son, or per­sons, who has com­mit­ted, or is likely to com­mit, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour away from a spec­i­fied area and or­der them not re­turn for a cer­tain pe­riod of up to 48 hours.

A po­lice spokesman said of the in­ci­dents in Stan­hope: “The 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, par­tic­u­larly last Wed­nes­day night. Some call­ers men­tioned that some of the youths were car­ry­ing fence posts.”

They added: “Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a dis­tur­bance out­side Stan­hope Mini Mar­ket last Wed­nes­day night when a 40-year-old man was re­port­edly as­saulted by a large group of teenagers.

“Ear­lier that evening the man had con­fronted some teenagers who had tres­passed into his gar­den and were bounc­ing on his chil­dren’s tram­po­line.

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