Police activity targeting Anti Social behaviour
5th October 2020
Following my last e mail, we are still continuing to provide additional high visibility policing, to areas across the Sevenoaks district which have been identified as hot spots for anti-social behaviour. At present there are extra Police Community Support officers (PCSO's) on duty on late shifts over the weekends, looking at combatting the behaviour.
Particular attention has been paid to the following locations in particular and across the district:
- Swanley Park
- Heathside, New Road and Esparto Way, South Darenth
- The Paddocks, The Square, Co-op, King Georges Playing Fields, Madan Rd, Ash Rd, London Rd, Westerham
- Caxton Close, Porchester Close and Gorsewood Road, Hartley
- The Row, Lambardes and Over Minis, New Ash Green
- Riverside, Eynesford
- Sevenoaks Leisure Centre
- Lullingstone Castle
- Knole Park
- Sevenoaks railway Station
- Cobbetts Way, High Street, Lingfield Road Recreation Ground, Hever Road, Spittals Cross and Stangrove estate, Edenbridge
- Chipstead Lakes
- Otford recreation ground
- Holly Bush recreation ground
- Seal recreation ground
- Crockenhill village hall car park
- Greatness recreation ground
- West Kingsdown, Skate park and Hever Road
The extra resources have been used to provide high visibility foot and mobile patrol across the district and have also offered positive public engagement. The patrols have been attending reports of anti-social behaviour including reports of fireworks being let off, intoxicated underage drinkers and the use off road motorcycles.
Reports of individuals who have been involved in anti-social behaviour have been followed up utilising ASB sanctions. In recent weeks numerous Community Protection Warnings (CPW) and Community Protection notices (CPN) have been issued to individuals across the district, having a noticeable impact on their behaviour. An individual involved in persistent Anti-Social behaviour will be issued with a CPW. If this is breached and the behaviour continues a CPN will then be issued. After a CPN is issued, if the individual continues to behave in this manner they will be dealt with for a breach of the CPN, which is a criminal offence in itself.
PCSO's have been conducting speed checks across the district. Most recently these were completed on 02/10/20 at Pinks Hill, Cranleigh Drive and Courts Crescent, Swanley, following reports of speeding motorists in the area. It was found that no speeding offences were being committed.
In addition to the above, additional resources have also been used to tackle anti - social behaviour, criminality and the use off road motorcycles in the Edenbridge area, after an increase in reports. On 02/10/2020 officers from the Community Safety unit and Community policing team worked alongside a dog handler, officers from the Rural policing team and Sussex Police, to tackle the issue. Despite very poor weather conditions there were a number of positive results, including one person being arrested for possession of an imitation firearm and driving without insurance.
Please see the Kent police Twitter account @kentpolice7oaks for regular updates on policing activity in the district.
Claire Harrison | Police Constable 13343 | Community Safety Unit |ASB officer for YC | Kent Police