Police crackdown on antisocial behaviour

A police crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Dover town centre has seen a total of 17 orders issued so far this year. The figure is up almost a third on 2018, when 26 orders were issued across 12 months. The 17 issued in the first half of 2019 includes community protection warnings and notices, criminal behaviour orders and restraining orders.

The numbers were revealed by Dover district’s Chief Inspector Mark Weller in his latest meeting with me. Ch Insp Weller said the orders, as well as the appointment of a town centre constable at the end of last year, were having a “palpable and positive effect” in Dover town centre.

Our high streets should be places everyone enjoys and feel comfortable. We have been getting positive news on shop openings recently. We must ensure the surrounding environment improves too. Street drinking and other antisocial behaviour has been too prevalent in Dover over the years. I welcome the great work done by Mark and his team but it must continue.

Ch Insp Weller also outlined other key policing priorities in the area. He said the town’s notorious CT17 gang was now “dismantled”, adding it was done “using a range of police tactics”.  Meanwhile officers have started visiting local secondary schools to give presentations on violent crime to pupils.