Additional patrols in Sevenoaks district to tackle anti-social behaviour
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Additional patrols are continuing to police beauty spots and parks in the Sevenoaks district following recent concerns around anti-social behaviour.
Issues including littering, as well as drug and alcohol misuse are being tackled by officers at locations including Knole Park, Chipstead Lake and other popular areas.
Reports of anti-social behaviour in outdoors spaces typically increase during the summer months, when people often gather in large groups.
To reduce and deter problems, enhanced visible patrols are continuing to attend several locations which also include The Vine in Sevenoaks, Swanley Park, as well as areas frequented by visitors in Eynsford.
Striking a balance
Inspector Mark Stubberfield, of the Sevenoaks Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Our officers are working hard to strike a balance between allowing people to enjoy themselves, but intervening when their actions may make an area frightening or unpleasant to be in.
'We never underestimate the impact anti-social behaviour can have on people's lives, and we are always working closely with landowners and our partner agencies to identify and respond to any concerns.’
Recent enforcement has included the implementation of a 48-hour dispersal order at Chipstead Lake.
It was put in place between 26 and 28 June to deal with a significant rise in anti-social behaviour which led to a number of areas being blighted by littering.
The dispersal order and measures introduced by the landowner have since led to a sharp decrease in reported issues.
Insp Stubberfield added: ‘Alcohol is often a contributing factor to complaints of anti-social behaviour and I would like to reassure residents that officers will not hesitate to confiscate drink from anyone if they cannot prove they are old enough, or if they are acting irresponsibly or selfishly.
'We also ask that neighbours, as well as parents and guardians, continue to work with us and report any incidents as it helps us to identify any growing issues and ensure we respond appropriately and effectively.’
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