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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 May, 2005, 05:55 GMT 06:55 UK
'No tolerance' for bad behaviour
CCTV camera
Cameras are being closely monitored for known perpetrators
Three people have been arrested, 20 have been warned, and noisy tenants are facing action after a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Swanley.

Sevenoaks council, which teamed up with Kent Police to act on local concerns, said people were arrested after refusing to leave a dispersal area.

The council also said 20 residents had been sent letters warning them that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

The dispersal order in the Nightingale Way area remains in place until 5 June.

Robin Hales, chairman of the Sevenoaks District Community Safety Partnership, said: "This partnership response is clear.

"We have acted to meet local concerns and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated."

'Vital information'

The council said CCTV cameras in the town centre and around the White Oak Leisure Centre were still being closely monitored for known perpetrators after the arrests, which all took place within a fortnight last month.

Members of the local community had provided "vital information detailing anti-social behaviour in the area", a spokesman said.

The West Kent Housing Association is also taking enforcement action against tenants responsible for nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Insp Andy Pritchard, from the North Kent Police Crime Reduction Unit, said the dispersal order had helped officers to tackle anti-social behaviour effectively and had provided reassurance for local residents.

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