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Police warn parents over anti-social children

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

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PARENTS are being warned police are considering taking stronger action after a string of anti-social behaviour by a gang of Ashburton youngsters.

Police in the town are working with the youth offending team and social services following 13 incidents of anti-social behaviour involving children as young as 11. Officers say the gang has mainly been based around the West Street bus stop.

Police say they are doing what they can to disperse the group of youths who congregate at a bus stop in the road.

"Thirteen incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported in November, including a number of reports of youths still gathering at the bus stop," said Sgt Ian Stevens.

"We are continuing to take positive action here, frequently moving on youngsters from the bus stop with suitable words of advice and visiting their parents at home.

"The youth offending team and social services are now also involved in dealing with a number of youngsters in the town who do not know how to behave."

The police want parents to act responsibly.

"We will continue to play our part, being visible and continue to try to disrupt their activities, but we are becoming increasingly frustrated at the apparent lack of parental control being applied," he said.

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  • nicold  |  December 27 2012, 2:08PM

    Good idea realityzone....make the parents legally responsible...drag them in front of courts...maybe then they will decide to find out what their children are up to.

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  • lhasa27  |  December 27 2012, 1:24PM

    realityzone - such a simple answer and so perfect. So sadly it wont be deployed!

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  • realityzone  |  December 27 2012, 8:11AM

    Arrest the parents then

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