A dog walker from Kent has spoken of regular issues with groups of rural teenage males targeting him and others in the countryside of Kent.
The youths ranged in ages from 15-18 and have been targeting vulnerable people out on their own, including adult men. The dog walker says that they are all white. They frequently wear hoodies and have their face covered. “They seem to know how to avoid capture”, the walker said.The males, who seem to be ‘bored with nothing to do’ are generally abusing lone dog walkers, as they are seen as ‘easy target’.
Kent Police are aware of the incidents but ‘nothing can be done without evidence’.
Some dogwalkers are taking personal safety equipment along with them and gathering evidence.
If you see incidents of this nature, dial Kent Police 101 or 999 in an emergency or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. For more details on Personal Safety contact The Suzy Lamplugh Trust (https://www.suzylamplugh.org)