Thursday, 18 December 2008

Court in Act

Thanet district Council press release

Nine adults have been served with summons to appear in court on Monday 22 December by Thanet District Council for severe incidents of anti-social behavior.

Over the past five months the nine ringleaders of a gang have been investigated by Thanet Community Safety Partnership for numerous acts of anti-social behaviour in Newington and evidence has been gathered from CCTV footage and statements from professional witnesses such as police, PCSO’s and council community wardens.

Thanet District Council is leading the enforcement action on behalf of the partnership and is supported by Kent Police.

Mark Richardson, Community Safety Manager said: "This is one of the biggest enforcement cases being undertaken by Thanet District Council in partnership with Kent Police to stamp out quite a severe case of anti-social behaviour by a gang in Newington.

“We are actively pursuing anti-social behaviour orders for all ring leaders of this gang to ensure that the behaviour that we have evidenced stops. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and the council will continue with this legal action on behalf of overwhelming support from the community to put an end to any anti-social behaviour and gang culture in Newington."

Chief Inspector Rob Vinson, Kent Police said: "We are working in partnership with Thanet District Council to take this course of action for what we can see is quite clearly a serious case of intimidation and anti-social behaviour by a minority in newington. We are taking this action for the wider community and will aim to work with them to get rid of this behaviour from the neighbourhood"

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