Kent

Boy, 14, held after rock thrown at Kent Police car

A 14-year-old boy was arrested after a rock was thrown at a police car while officers were moving a group of youths away from a Kent shopping centre.

Kent Police said 12 young people congregated outside Ashford Designer Outlet in Kimberley Way at about 23:00 BST on Tuesday.

A boy was arrested in Denmark Road and is being held in police custody.

Police said extra officers were on patrol on Tuesday and there was no significant disorder or damage.

'Streets peaceful'

Deputy chief constable Alan Pughlsey added: "The plans we put in place last night worked very well, and we will be working hard to make sure it stays that way.

"We will continue to take a zero tolerance approach, we will support all lawful activities, but will swiftly challenge any hint of disorder.

"The people of Kent have shown they neither want nor support thuggery and violence in any form, and we thank them for their support last night in keeping the streets calm and peaceful, so businesses could trade normally and people could go about unmolested."

Extra officers would continue to patrol the county on Wednesday, according to Kent Police.

Eleven people were arrested following disturbances in the Medway towns overnight on Monday.

Cars were damaged and set alight during disturbances involving the youths in Chatham and Gillingham on Monday and in the early hours of Tuesday.

Two teenagers were also arrested in Folkestone on suspicion of using social network sites to incite a riot.

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