Extra police remain in north Kent this weekend due to London riots
PUBLISHED: 14:05 12 August 2011
A heightened police presence will be visible in town centres, shopping centres and key transport routes over the weekend to prevent any disorder following the London riots.
Kent Police confirmed there were no incidents or arrests relating to significant damage or disorder in the county overnight on Thursday but said they will continue to adopt a “zero-tolerance” approach if any occurs.
No intelligence suggests there will be trouble in Dartford, Gravesend or Bluewater shopping centre since the arrest of five men in Gravesend on Tuesday night for attempts of copycat criminal damage.
Overnight (Thursday), there were 373 emergency calls using the 999 number to the force control room. This is 90 calls fewer than the previous day in which 463 calls were received.
Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: “We are constantly monitoring the situation in Kent and working hard to ensure our community remains safe.
“Kent Police will continue to challenge any hint of disorder or criminal behaviour, and that extends across this weekend. We want people to go out and enjoy themselves as normal, but to ensure they do so safely and responsibly.”
Earlier we revealed how volunteers from the Sikh community are staying overnight at the new £14 million Sik Temple, off Khalsa Avenue, Gravesend, to prevent looters targeting the UK’s biggest Sikh Temple.