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Kent Police calls increase by 300 due to London riot operation

PUBLISHED: 14:03 10 August 2011

Police closed the road after the accident.

Police closed the road after the accident.

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Almost 1000 calls were made to Kent Police's force control between 6pm last night and 6am this morning as police took a "zero tolerance" approach to youths carrying out London vandalism copycat attacks.

The figure compared to 700 calls for the same period last week.

In Gravesend five arrests were made for criminal damage. with officers reporting no problems in Dartford or Bluewater shopping centre, where officers in riot gear had been deployed.

Early this morning six London men who travelled into the county by car were arrested for going equipped for burglary in Sevenoaks.

Although police intelligence suggests no further trouble in north Kent police continue to monitor transport networks and patrol in large numbers.

Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughlsey said: “I’d like to thank the people of Kent and Medway for their messages of support, and for the information they’ve given us.

“The plans we put in place last night worked very well, and we will be working hard to make sure it stays that way.

“We will continue to take a zero tolerance approach, we will support all lawful activities, but will swiftly challenge any hint of disorder. We sent a very clear message to anyone trying to come to Kent to attack our community to stay away or face the consequences.

“The people of Kent have shown they neither want nor support thuggery and violence in any form, and we thank them for their support last night in keeping the streets calm and peaceful, so businesses could trade normally and people could go about unmolested.

“We will continue to have extra officers on duty across Kent and Medway.”

Have you been a victim? Call Michael Adkins on 0208 477 3749 or e-mail michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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