Dispersal powers for police in Denton estate

PUBLISHED: 10:06 03 December 2012

Police are cracking down on high levels of anti-social behaviour in an estate in Denton, Gravesend, by introducing a dispersal area.

Since April more than 70 calls have been made concerning Dickens Housing Estate including stones and catapults fired at police vehicles, CCTV camera repeatedly set on fire and off-road motorbikes being driven around.

From Saturday December 1 to June 1, 2013, the estate and surrounding roads will be covered by the dispersal area.

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, this gives the police the power to move on any group of two of more people found causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and young people aged under 19 not accompanied by an adult between 9pm and 6am can be taken back to their home.

Failure to comply with the police could lead to a fine or three months imprisonment.

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