A man has been arrested after police were called to a disturbance in Ramsgate in the early hours of this morning (June 24).
A resident said trouble kicked off just after 4am with the outbreak of a fight in Harbour Parade.
They said: “People were being thrown to the ground and into cars, shouting, screaming. It was completely out of control and seemed to keep escalating.
“We called the police but they didn’t come until 4:25am. When they did finally arrive people dispersed immediately and the crowd was suddenly gone.”
A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called to a disturbance in Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, at around 4am on Saturday 24 June.
“A 28-year-old man from Margate was arrested on suspicion of public order and possession of class A drugs. He remains in police custody.”
The resident suggests incidents related to the night-time economy could be controlled by police being visible at venue closing times.
They added: “They told us they didn’t have resources to patrol the area. Maybe they should reassess how they allocate their budget.”
Last month at a meeting organised by Cllr Raushan Ara with Ramsgate traders and licensees, Thanet District Commander Ian Swallow said Ramsgate town, along with Margate Central and Cliftonville “are priority areas in terms of deploying troops and getting officers on the ground.”
A bid for county resources was made in May, bringing extra police officers into Thanet, and those resources will continue to be used throughout the summer. A new policing model which came into effect this month also includes an additional neighbourhood task force for the isle.