A GANG of teenagers who ran riot in Dartford town centre during the big freeze have been hit with banning orders.

The group repeatedly threw snowballs containing rocks at shop doors, windows, cars, and terrified pedestrians and shopkeepers during the two day attack on January 20 and 21.

Following an investigation, police arrested six boys aged 14 and 15 at their homes on Thursday.

Four were reprimanded and two were given final warnings, all for affray.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Allingham said: “This was a disturbing and prolonged incident that brought real fear to residents, traders and security staff in the town.

“There is a difference between some good-natured snowball fights and deliberate, mean-spirited disorder, and this incident was a determined effort by a few to cause havoc and fear to the public trying to go about their normal business.”

All six were given banning orders from the Dartford Town Against Crime Group meaning they cannot enter any shops within the town centre for six months.

Kent Police say further arrests are planned.