Warn­ing over anti-so­cial young­sters at bus sta­tion

Accrington Observer - - TIME-TRIP -

PO­LICE have is­sued a warn­ing to par­ents after a ‘dra­matic in­crease’ in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and crim­i­nal dam­age in­volv­ing chil­dren at Ac­cring­ton bus sta­tion.

Staff, mem­bers of the pub­lic and lo­cal shop own­ers in the area have been ‘ver­bally abused’ with some young­sters be­ing ar­rested and de­tained.

One youth will ap­pear in court next month charged with us­ing a black han­dled lock knife to dam­age a metal waste paper bin.

Hyndburn Po­lice are now urg­ing par­ents to ‘keep an eye on their chil­dren’ and to as­sist of­fi­cers by ‘set­ting bound­aries’.

A spokesper­son said: “The staff from the bus sta­tion have re­ported a dra­matic in­crease in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­volv­ing young per­sons be­ing ver­bally abu­sive towards staff, mem­bers of the pub­lic and lo­cal shop own­ers in the area.

“In some sit­u­a­tions, due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence, po­lice have ar­rested and de­tained some of the young peo­ple in­volved.

“One re­cent in­ci­dent was of a young per­son pro­duc­ing a black han­dled lock knife pro­ceed­ing to scratch the metal waste paper bin with the blade.

“The young per­son will be at­tend­ing court in the New Year re­gard­ing be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle in a pub­lic place and crim­i­nal dam­age.

“Of­fi­cers will al­ways try to deal with crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour with a mea­sured re­sponse that is pro­por­tion­ate to the cir­cum­stances.

“How­ever, if your child is iden­ti­fied as com­mit­ting crime or anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, po­lice will take ac­tion to en­sure that the bus sta­tion staff, the lo­cal pub­lic is pro­tected and our town cen­tre is a safe place to visit.”

CCTV of a youth us­ing a knife to dam­age a metal bin at Ac­cring­ton bus sta­tion

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