Alcohol-related offending targeted in Canterbury
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Police in Canterbury are targeting night-time alcohol-related offending in the city centre.
As people return to enjoy pubs, bars and restaurants following the easing of Government rules around Covid-19, Canterbury's Community Safety Unit is warning anyone who repeatedly causes trouble while intoxicated that they will end up in court.
Officers are working with Canterbury City Council and business groups Canterbury District Watch and Canterbury Business Improvement District (BID) to ensure the city remains a safe and pleasant place to visit and warn that violence and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Those who are repeatedly arrested in the city centre between 6pm and 6am while intoxicated could face increased sanctions under a scheme called 'Last Orders', which being introduced this summer.
They will be referred to supportive agencies and given advice on how they can improve their behaviour, but frequent arrests for alcohol-related offences will lead to offenders being issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN), which can bar them from entering certain parts of the city at certain times.
Breach of a CPN is an offence and could lead to repeat offenders being brought before a court.
Inspector Guy Thompson, of Canterbury Community Safety Unit, said: 'Canterbury is a safe place to live, work and visit and Kent Police is determined to keep it that way.
'We want everyone who wishes to visit the city and enjoy the vibrant night-time economy to do so. However, we will not tolerate those who come and commit offences while under the influence of alcohol.
'I hope the actions we are taking this summer will deter those who might do so from coming to city, maintaining it as a safe and welcoming place for those who wish to have a good time.'
If you have concerns about alcohol issues or you know someone who may need help, please contact the Forward Trust on 01795 411780 or visit www.forwardtrust.org.uk/service/canterbury-and-swale-service/
For more information about Kent Police's actions in Canterbury visit www.kent.police.uk/lastorders