New powers used to take on anti-social behaviour in East Malling

Warning letters sent to seven addresses across East Malling

Police officers in Tonbridge and Malling are the first in the county to use new powers designed to tackle anti-social behaviour. Officers from the area’s community safety unit attended seven addresses across East Malling on Thursday 8 October to issue civil injunction warning letters under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. These were handed out to youths in the presence of their parents or guardians and prevent them from behaving anti-socially and carrying items that are likely to cause damage or injury. 

These warnings are the first stage of civil injunction procedures that police and other agencies can now use.

If the warnings are ignored a full civil court Injunction can be applied for. If this is granted an offender aged 14-17 can receive a supervision or detention order for up to three months if breached.

The enforcement has come following a joint operation between Kent Police and a number of partner agencies, including Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Circle Russet Housing.

Commenting, Roger Roud, Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Malling said;

“It is good to see that action is being taken in East Malling by Kent Police to curb the anti- social antics of these troublesome youths. I would like particularly to thank all those members of the community who came forward as witnesses as their actions have had a direct impact and helped to identify and catch the perpetrators. Also thanks to the police for taking the necessary action and for their commitment to help solve what is not only a local problem, but I am sure is a problem country wide. Let’s hope other forces take note and follow their lead.

I should also like to say to the sceptics and others who complain that the authorities do nothing, that reporting problems via 101 phone line does have an effect, not necessarily immediately, but that it adds to the evidence for further action. So please report it and let give the ‘boys in blue’ some help”. 

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