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Five Arrests After Extra Police Deployed In Canterbury

Five arrests have been made and people were stopped and searched after extra police officers were brought into Canterbury this week.

Kent Police instituted a 48-hour dispersal order in the city centre on Wednesday 27th March 2024 following reports of teenagers attempting to steal from other teenagers in the Dane John Gardens and city wall areas on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th March.

Extra patrols will continue to be carried out in the area, with officers engaging with the public to ensure they feel safe and report any anti-social behaviour.

Four boys and a girl, all aged between 14 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of robbery on Wednesday 27th March in relation to the incidents earlier in the week.

They have all been bailed pending further enquiries and investigations are ongoing.

Officers stopped and searched a further three people in the city centre on Wednesday 27th March, with two community resolutions completed for possession of cannabis.

High-visibility patrols are continuing and the dispersal order remains in place until 3pm on Friday 29th March, giving officers extra powers to disperse groups and arrest those who refuse to comply.

Inspector Paul Stoner, of Canterbury’s Community Safety Unit, said ‘We don’t want to stop anyone enjoying our wonderful city. However, when offences are reported it is right that we take robust action against those involved and make sure the public, particularly children on their way to and from school, feel safe.’

It just shows that crime is taking place all the time and extra police officers patrolling our streets should be seen as essential rather than an occasional deterrent. With just a small addition, five arrests were made. So just how many crimes are going undetected?

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