Friday, February 1, 2013
Exmouth police have sucessfully stamped out anti-social behaviour in the town centre by exposing unruly youths to their parents.
Exmouth police have taken action against a group of unruly youths causing trouble in the town centre.
Officers have clamped down on the youngsters’ antisocial behaviour by meeting with the group’s parents and exposing their conduct.
Warning letters have also been issued to each youngster as part of an antisocial behaviour escalation process.
The police took action after loitering youths smashed windows in Manor Gardens, intimidated the public in The Strand and damaged library property.
PC Amber Skey said police community support officer Colin Balch had worked hard to identify the troublemakers.
She said those spoken to faced signing an acceptable behaviour contract if they were caught causing further trouble.
PC Skey said: “PCSO Colin Balch did some very good work identifying members of the group and they were spoken to with their parents present about their behaviour, and they were issued with a first letter on the ASBO escalation process.
“Those names haven’t come to my attention since then, so hopefully it’s had the desired effect.”
Police said youths causing misery in the town centre had escalated in the last few months.
Strand traders said problems had been ‘getting out of hand’, with large groups of youths intimidating members of the public by gathering in the street, stealing from shops, fighting and being a ‘general nuisance’.
Young vandals also targeted Manor Gardens’ bandstand, smashing several windows.