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Dartford car vandalism not related to London riots

PUBLISHED: 11:02 11 August 2011

Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police Alan Pughsley

Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police Alan Pughsley

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Minor cases of criminal damages were reported last night as a heightened police presence continued to protect Dartford, Gravesend and Bluewater shopping centre from potential looters and rioters.

Officers attended two calls for separate cases of criminal damage to a car in Wilmington and another in Dartford, although they said these were not linked to disorder which has blighted London since the weekend.

Kent Police’s operation in a bid to quell any disorder resulting from copycat London riot-style attacks has seen five arrests in Gravesend on Tuesday in relation to criminal damage in Northfleet and Gravesend.

Overnight on Wednesday, there were 463 emergency calls using the 999 number to the force control room. This is 81 calls fewer than the previous day in which 544 calls were received.

Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: “Kent Police will continue to challenge any hint of disorder or criminal behaviour. We are continuing to take a zero tolerance approach, and our plans over the last two nights have worked very well. We are working hard to ensure Kent remains safe.

“I’d like to thank the people of Kent and Medway for their messages of support, and for the information they’ve given us.

“Our message to anyone trying to come to Kent to attack our community is to stay away or face the consequences.”

Rumours circulating around Kent regarding possible disorder were quickly responded to by Kent Police on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. Follow ‘kent_police’ on Twitter for the latest information, search ‘Kent Police’ on Facebook or visit www.kent.police.uk.

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