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Antisocial behaviour in Herne Bay

Kent Police is continuing to take action against anti-social behaviour in Herne Bay.

Following reports of incidents linked to anti-social behaviour, local officers have carrying out several measures to identify and take action against those believed to be responsible for it.

As well as seizing alcohol from under-age drinkers and using dispersal orders in the town centre, meetings with parents, schools and youth organisations are continuing to tackle any issues.

As part of the ongoing work, a teenager has also been given a criminal behaviour order.

The 16-year-old boy from Herne Bay, who cannot be named due to his age, was given the order after being convicted for a count of shoplifting which took place in October, and a second count of shoplifting and an assault of a man in his 30s, which took place in December.

He has been banned from being in a public place in a group of three or more people between 7pm and 6am unless those people are family, police, or local authority staff.

He is also not allowed to enter any Co-op or Tesco stores in Herne Bay or Whitstable.

The  order began on 22 January 2018 and will last 18 months.

Failing to comply with the order could mean the teenager would be committing a criminal offence and could be ordered to serve time in a detention centre instead.

Detective Inspector Vicki Tyler, from the Canterbury Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Regardless of age, if someone is continuing to commit crime and behave anti-socially, we are aware how much of an impact that can have on a community, and  together with partner agencies, we will take action to stop it.

‘We were able to apply for this order in the courts because of information received from the public.

“Officers are aware of other individuals who may be responsible for causing issues in the area and if applicable, we will seek to obtain further CBOs.

"We continue to appeal for residents and businesses to contact us when they witness anti-social behaviour, as it’s only by working together that measures can be taken to counteract any problems.’

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