Residents say they fear going into the city centre, amid concerns over “feral youths who do as they please”. The city centre has been blighted by numerous high-profile violent incidents in recent memory. The increase in antisocial behaviour has led to calls for a more visible police presence on the streets.
New data that crime across the district fell slightly in the year up to September.
However, there has been a rise in certain types of antisocial behaviour.
According to the Office of National Statistics, ONS, violent incidents rose by seven percent.
The city has also seen a rise in public order offences, up five percent.
Also, offences for criminal damage and arson are up six percent, and sexual offences also rose by eight percent.
In 2019 a horrific incident happened on the streets of Canterbury when 17-year-old German tourist Daniel Ezzedine was brutally attacked by a gang of teenagers.
The assault left him brain-damaged and severely disabled.
The German student has been rendered unable to speak or read and requires around-the-clock care after the racist attack in Canterbury city centre in June 2019.
Canterbury Crown Court heard how one of the gang who assaulted the tourist, Jack Barron, swung a shoulder bag loaded with bricks into Daniel’s face.
Another, called Luke Fogarolli, took a running kick at his unconscious victim’s head.
Both were jailed last year for grievous bodily harm with intent.
This month a further teenager who was involved in the brutal attack was jailed for a further act of violence.
The teenager was involved in a brawl with rivals in the high street.
Speaking to KentOnline, Janet Dale, who formerly worked in the city, says she has seen the town “deteriorate over the years”.
She said: “It has become a dump.
“So many major shops have closed down and sadly homeless people are sleeping rough in doorways.
“McDonald’s has people hanging around outside.
“Dane John Gardens is now a nightmare.
“We either go to Westwood Cross or McArthurGlen and keep out of Canterbury now.
“Like most places, it has become a no-go area.”
Violent crime rises as ‘feral youths’ stalk streets of British city leaving ‘no-go areas’