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Steps taken to stop people 'offending public decency' on Dartford Heath

PUBLISHED: 14:43 28 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:43 28 August 2015

Emergency services attended the scene in Stephenson Street

Emergency services attended the scene in Stephenson Street

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A spokesperson for the council said they are 'absolutely determined' to stop offenseive behaviour.

Dartford’s Community Safety Unit has taken action against several men acting ‘in a manner likely to offend public decency’ on Dartford Heath.

The unit has contacted a number of addresses linked to vehicles where the driver was involved in anti-social behaviour, according to witnesses.

Each received a formal warning, telling them their behaviour could lead to a fixed penalty notice or civil injunction to prevent these offences and protect the local community.

A spokesperson for Dartford Borough Council said: “We are absolutely determined stop offensive and anti-social behaviour on the Heath and of all the actions available to us we have found few as effective as sending a letter to the registered keeper of vehicles making it clear that their car, van or lorry has been involved in behaviour likely to offend public decency.

“An individual or company registered to a vehicle is not always aware of its involvement in anti-social behaviour but we find that the offences tend to stop pretty quickly once we have alerted them.

“Dartford Heath is a place for families and all who want to enjoy the peace and quiet of this wonderful environment. They do not wish to have their innocent walks spoiled.

“Someone needs to stand up for them and the council’s Community Safety Unit is determined to do just that.“

If you witness anyone acting anti-socially on Dartford Heath and are prepared to give a statement you can contact the Community Safety Unit on 01322 343434 or call Kent Police on 101.

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