Dispersal order put in place for Broadstairs town

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A dispersal order is in place in Broadstairs today (Wednesday, July 31) until 7am tomorrow. It came into effect at 3pm.

The measure means Kent Police officers have extra powers under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to tackle those carrying out nuisance behaviour and order them to leave the area. If they return to the area within a specified time, they can be arrested.

It follows disruption at a fireworks event on Viking Bay on July 17. Organisers of that event cancelled the fireworks on July 24 but they are back on tonight, with increased security, for the Broadstairs Water Gala.

Police have also pledged increased resources for the future with a PCSO patrol at hot spots and Thanet Community Policing Team attending the area as much as possible in order to increase presence.

Margate Task Force is also expected to hold a Neighbourhood Engagement Day in the town where a one day of partnership action will focus on collectively tackling the issues.