Dispersal powers for police in Temple Hill

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 January 2013

Police are cracking down on high levels of anti-social behaviour in Temple Hill, Dartford, by introducing a dispersal area.

More than 80 calls have been received in the last three months concerning trouble at Temple Hill and reports of theft and shoplifting have increased in the Joyce Green and Littlebrook wards in the last six months.

From January 31 to April 30, Temple Hill 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.

Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “We asked the police to consider a dispersal area for Temple Hill because a very small number of individuals are creating a real nuisance for the local community.”

Cllr Matt Bryant, ward member for Temple Hill, said: “Temple Hill is a great community, full of fantastic people and I am proud to represent them. It’s a real shame that this action is necessary.”

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