SIX boys have been charged with public disorder after a large-scale disturbance in a shopping centre.

Police were called to Orpington High Street at 3.45pm on Sunday (February 21) after receiving reports youngsters were throwing bricks at cars, terrorising shopkeepers and moving traffic equipment into the road.

Three boys aged 11, 12 and 16, all from St Paul’s Cray, have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

Three 13-year-old boys have also been charged with the same offence. One lives in St Mary Cray and the other two in St Paul’s Cray.

The boys, too young to be named, will appear at Bromley Youth Court on March 9.

Two more boys aged 12 and 13, from St Mary Cray and St Paul’s Cray, were arrested and issued with a youth reprimand.

A 14-year-old girl from St Mary Cray was arrested and released without charge.

In November, the same high street was closed for an hour while police battled to control a brawl involving Orpington College pupils.