Since being ratified by Dartford Borough Council on the 24th of January 2013, between the dates of 31st of January to the 30th of April, a Dispersal Area will be put in place in the Temple Hill Area of Dartford. This order was commissioned by Dartford Council and Kent Police and is under the power of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003. This is due to the increase in anti-social behaviour, with 80 calls in the last 3 months as well as an increase in shop lifting.
The programme gives the police better powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in the area. The order means that any group of 4 or more people found causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress can be dispersed by a uniformed officer. Also stated in the order, young people unaccompanied by a responsible adult between 9pm and 6am in the three month period can be taken home or if they do not follow the procedure can be sent to jail for 3 months.
‘The Dispersal Area will be a great addition and will help ensure the Temple Hill area will remain trouble free. Much like any other part of the UK, there are always those residents who are more passionate about the area they live in than others. Temple Hill and its residents will, I am sure, be a role model to other such areas across the UK. As the councilor for the area and having met various communities and projects of all ages, I am extremely passionate about enhancing the living and working community within my area.’ Avtar Sandhu