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Dartford MP: 'no need' for police to stop marshaling Remembrance Day events
POLICE in Kent will no longer act as marshals at most Remembrance Day events - despite Dartford’s MP saying he sees "no need" for the change.
Kent Police has decided officers will not help manage traffic and crowds unless there is a public order risk and will instead offer "support and guidance" to the organisers of more than 70 events across the county.
November parades in Dartford, Gravesend and Greenhithe could be affected and Royal British Legion branches may have to pay for insurance, security and arrange for roads to be closed themselves.
Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: "I have previously written to the Chief Constable about this and feel strongly that if the police want to play a full role in the community, events like these give them that opportunity.
"Police assistance has happened for many years, and is something the public are accustomed to seeing, so I see no need to change this."
Kent Police say there will still be a significant presence at larger events, but to police smaller ones "would be a large demand on resources when not necessary."
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