Police get powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in Dover

Police have been granted powers to tackle groups of young people who have been causing trouble on a Kent estate.

Police said the group in St Radigund's, Dover, had been drinking, throwing bricks at windows and even climbing on to the roof of Buckland Hospital.

Officers have been called to 60 incidents of criminal damage in the area in recent months.

Dover District Council and a senior officer from Kent Police agreed to issue the six-month dispersal order.

'Exhausted other ways'

Officers can now issue orders forcing groups of two or more people to leave the area for 24 hours.

If they refuse or return within this time they may be arrested and charged.

Offenders can face a fine of up to £2,500 or three months imprisonment.

Sgt Ian Swallow, of Kent Police, said: "We have exhausted other ways of trying to curb the problem in this area."

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