Increased police presence and PCSO patrols at trouble hotspots will take place in Broadstairs in a bid to tackle recent anti-social behaviour.
The extra policing follows an outbreak of fighting at the first firework event of the season on July 17. The brawls caused the cancellation of the firework event on July 24 although it is back tonight, with increased security.
An email from Kent Police says: “Community Safety Unit Sergeant Steve Moat has informed the local PCSO for Broadstairs, Jack Williams, and asked that he increases his patrolling regime around identified hot spots for crime and antisocial behaviour within the town.
“I have also requested that the Thanet Community Policing Team under the supervision of Sergeant Neil Fuller attend the area as much as possible in order to increase the police presence within the area.”
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.
District councillor Ruth Bailey said the news is ‘encouraging’ but she would also like to see some action from British Transport Police.
She said: “I t is reassuring that police will be focusing their efforts on patrolling popular events in Broadstairs which draw in large crowds, such as the firework events.
“Keeping these events trouble-free should, however, be a joint effort between the police and the community. Many of the disruptive element come in from outside of Broadstairs so British Rail Transport Police have their part to play in challenging those intent on anti-social behaviour when entering the town through the station.
“Parents should also be aware of where their children are and bear some responsibility. Members of the general public should report any ASB to the police or a steward straight away. It is important not to let a minority disrupt these popular, family events.
“Following a meeting with police and the Thanet council safety team regarding the trouble at the last Broadstairs Firework event, the Water Gala and fireworks event team have very worked hard to put an action plan in place so that families can enjoy a happy and memorable day out.
“As these increased security measures have a cost attached please may I take this opportunity to ask everyone attending the events to put a pound or two into the collection buckets. I very much hope that these joint security measures will prove effective and result in a very enjoyable day for everyone.”
The Water Gala is on all day today (July 31). Find more details here