Groups of youths can make people feel intimidated. Please be reassured that we have very little or no gang culture in the district. We shouldn't worry about groups of youngsters, after all, they are only hanging out, it's what they do! If however they have been disrespectful or rude to you for no reason, or if they are drinking in the street and getting rowdy then you should contact the Police.
The Police have dispersal powers to move groups on and can take home unsupervised children under the age of 10 between 9pm and 6am.
Where a young person is found to have been acting in a disrespectful, or unacceptable and anti-social manner, or drinking underage, or taking drugs, parents will get a letter. This is an Unacceptable Warning Letter from us bringing their child's behaviour to their attention. This is one of the first steps which informs them of the consequences if their child were to continue this type of behaviour. Obviously most parents would want to know what their children are up to and would deal with their children appropriately once they know what they have been up to! It also usually makes this the only time that we would need to take action.
When parents cannot or will not take responsibility for their children or engage with services, we will, in partnership with other agencies, progress our legislative powers which can include eviction and possession of their home.
Tips on how to stay out of trouble!
If you have friends and you hang around on the street here's a few tips on how to stay out of trouble. Boring but true!
- Always make sure your parents know where you are
- Don't obstruct people who want to get past you, or in and out of shops
- Don't swear too loudly - it offends some people and be aware that it is a Public Order Offence!
- If you are asked something or spoken to, be polite (older people are not from another planet so please be respectful)
- Don't set fires - Anywhere
- Don't go off with strangers
- Don't drink, smoke or take drugs they are all harmful to you - regardless of what your so called mate says!
- Don't be bullied into anything you don't want to do
- Put 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) contacts on your phone
- Have a code arranged with your parents, so if you ring with' the code' they will come and collect you
All this and much more! You know the deal and you know it makes sense!
We're not trying to be boring, just trying to keep you out of trouble and this is where it starts. Be respectful and you'll get respect back.
What you can do
If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.
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The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.