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Dartford snowball attack leads to teenagers town centre ban

PUBLISHED: 12:55 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:55 25 February 2013

A gang of teenagers have been banned from Dartford town centre for six months after they ran riot during the snowy January.

Following heavy snowfall on January 20 several teenagers ran riot, throwing snowballs with rocks and stones in them at people and passing vehicles, damaging shops and threatening passers-by.

Six youngsters, aged 14 and 15, were arrested and charged with affray.

All were given banning orders from the Dartford Town Against Crime Group and the police say they are planning more arrests.

Det Con Richard Allingham said: “This was a disturbing and prolonged incident that brought real fear to residents, traders and security staff in the town.

“There is a difference between some good-natured snowball fights and deliberate, mean-spirited disorder, and this incident was a determined effort by a few to cause havoc and fear to the public trying to go about their normal business.”

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