Two men due in court following mass disturbance at Margate Main Sands in June

A police car was damaged Photo Simon Hiller

A man is to appear in court charged with damaging a police car during mass disturbances in Margate last month.

During Friday 17 June, police officers were called to a number of disturbances on the town’s Main Sands.

While officers were dispersing the groups on the beach, the roof and bonnet of a patrol car were damaged.

As part of an investigation into the disturbance and damage, 22-year-old Taylor Westwood of no fixed address was arrested and charged with causing criminal damage.

He has been bailed to appear at Margate Magistrates’ Court on Friday 29 July.

A 62-year-old man has also been charged in connection with the disturbance.

Russell Williams, of Eaton Place, Margate, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker by beating, and being drunk and disorderly. Mr Williams has been released on bail to appear at Margate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5 July.

District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Matthew Smith said: “We don’t tolerate anti-social behaviour and officers will always work to arrest suspects and bring them before the courts.

“We recognise the negative impact it can have on an area and we are committed to working with our partner agencies to keep Thanet a safe place to be this summer.”

The disturbances forced the closure of beach business Kiddies Corner for the day and police put a dispersal order  in place to try and clamp down on the trouble.

As well as residents and visitors having to endure the antisocial behaviour, a tide of rubbish was also left behind.

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  1. Yes, a sunny day like today.I have just had a very enjoyable swim in the sea at Ramsgate Main Sands, and so have quite a lot of other people.

      • Why do you think pollution is “a suitable environment” for swimmers,
        “Khadija” ? That is a very odd attitude to take.

        Fortunately for my fellow-swimmers and me, yesterday there was no such problem.

  2. How can Westwood have been bailed if he has no address ?

    Surely you have to be bailed to an address so plod knows where to find you when you do not turn up for your court date ?

    • Found this:
      “Examples of bail conditions include:

      the defendant must reside at a named address; the defendant must report to a named police station on a given day or days at a given time; the defendant must abide by a curfew between certain specified hours; the defendant must wear an electronic tag.”

      • They are merely examples of conditions that MAY be imposed by a court. I think you will find that police bail conditions are more limited. I do not believe the police can order a tag or require a surety.

    • Offence not serious enough to justify keeping suspect on remand, the cost of doing so would likely be way more than the damage caused. No one is particularly bothered if he turns up at court or not.
      Would have been much better to have cracked him across his ankle with a baton and sent him on his way to nurse his bruises , all done and dusted on the day for minimal cost.

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