Extra police patrols have been put in place for Broadstairs starting this week, as part of measures to deter anti-social behaviour.
As well as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and town centre officers, residents will see Kent Police’s Problem Solving Task Force on patrol in shopping areas including the High Street, Westwood Cross and green spaces.
The team, consisting of several PCSOs, is dedicated to addressing the concerns of communities across Kent, including anti-social behaviour and shoplifting.
In Broadstairs they will also be supporting Thanet District Council’s enforcement of the Public Space Protection Orders, including the prohibitions of drinking alcohol in a public place and possessing and using compressed gas cannisters.
During the summer months, Kent Police has already used additional powers such as dispersal orders to deter groups of people causing disturbances in Pierremont Park and the High Street, resulting in arrests linked to drugs offences.
Inspector Ian Swallow from Thanet’s Community Safety Unit said: “The team will focus on the things that matter most to residents and businesses by engaging with the community, identifying issues and then working with our local officers and partner agencies towards a positive outcome.
“A number of residents have spoken to officers already, highlighting their concerns about the use of the gas cannisters and finding them discarded so the team will be taking action against anyone found with those.
“I hope people will take the time to share any concerns with the team to help them build up a picture of what matters most.”
Once fined they potentially will not find this a laughing matter……..Hopefully
They should have been on Margate beach yesterday evening.
A group of people were openly filling balloons from a canister and then inhaling the gas. The CCTV will have gathered the evidence.
But is it illegal? It should be but i don’t think the police can do anything
Why is this stuff not banned shops selling it should be shut down like the shops that sell illegal tobacco
It would be nice if all of thanet had extra patrols 🚓 because of antisocial behaviour, its about time police asked the people of thanet how safe they feel where they live .
Margate, westbrooke Garlinge ASB never stops, get the police back on foot and out the cars and they may see what’s going on.
Perhaps if the government hadn’t cut 22,000 police ….
Broadstairs again, it’s got to be the worst place in Thanet, if not Kent, no wonder people I’ve seen lately will not go anywhere near the place
Doing gas & driving around in Margate today.