School children are “welcome to come to Bexleyheath” despite rumours that groups of more than two youngsters would be asked to leave, police have confirmed.
Bexley Police posted a statement on their Facebook page this afternoon (June 22) stating that “there are no restrictions for any members of the public” in Bexleyheath and specifically in The Broadway.
The comment appears to have been posted following an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area and claims from parents on social media that officers had told pupils they were “not allowed to go to Bexleyheath.”
The police statement says: “To clarify outstanding concerns regarding school students being banned from Bexleyheath, this is NOT the case. All persons are welcome to come to Bexleyheath and there are no restrictions for any members of the public.
“Recently on The Broadway, Bexleyheath, there has been an increase of anti-social behaviour, which has caused concern for members of the public and school aged children.
"This is constantly being monitored by ourselves and we are working with a number of partners to try and resolve this issue.”Well, I'm sure that's very reassuring to the public. They'll be delighted to hear that rumours of police being heavy-handed are unfounded. Right?
Oh. Maybe not.