Police say they have ‘curtailed’ antisocial behaviour problem in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 January 2018

Inspector Antonia Weeks

Inspector Antonia Weeks

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Giving an update to town councillors, inspector Antonia Weeks said that the town’s recent problem with antisocial behaviour has been ‘curtailed’.

A crackdown by police on antisocial behaviour by youths in Exmouth has been a success, according to Inspector Antonia Weeks.

She told town councillors that offenders have been brought before court and faced sanctions which restrict who they can stay with, what time they can be out until - and some have even been banned from the town.

Between Christmas and New Year, Exmouth police took part in an operation to tackle antisocial behaviour problems, with officers handing out exclusion orders stopping four people from gathering in the town centre.

Insp Weeks said: “Before Christmas we were dealing with a fairly problematic group of young people within the town. It was kind of a perfect storm of factors that led to that group offending.

“I am confident that we’ve dealt with that appropriately.

“We certainly identified a number of criminal offences that the group have committed – either as a group or as individuals.

“There are other offences in the pipeline at the moment that will lead to further court appearances and further sanctions.”

Insp Weeks said that, in one case, police have been able to get a criminal behaviour order (CBO) – which replaced an antisocial behaviour order.

CBOs were introduced in 2014 to include harassment offences caused to anyone - not just those in the same household - and also give a court powers to impose requirements such as attendance at an approved course.

Insp Weeks added: “What was quite unusual about this group was that the individuals continued to offend, despite being dealt with by police – that is something that is relatively unusual for us.

“This meant we were playing catch-up on previous offences and meant dealing with new ones on a daily basis. I am confident that the action we have taken has curtailed their activity.”

Insp Weeks also said that she is keen to make sure the town’s youngsters are not ‘criminalised’.

She added: “There will still be young people committing crime in Exmouth. It’s a large town with a young population. We will continue to deal with it appropriately. We don’t want to criminalise young people and there are out-of-court disposals that we use. This group’s offending was at such a level that we could go in with court cases.”

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