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Letters posted to parents 'warning children are being found at incidents'

Photo: Paignton Police

Police in Paignton are now sending out letters to the parents of young people who're suspected of causing problems.

They've released an image of 39 letters being posted to warn that children have repeatedly been found at incidents.

Last week, we told you, police warned that civil enforcement action would be taken against repeat offenders.

It's part of efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour and intimidation across Torbay.

A spokesperson for Paignton Police said: "This is the first batch of letters printed and ready to send out to the parents of the youths that are repeatedly found at incidents we attend in Paignton Town Centre - 39 letters in total at different addresses across Torbay.

"We are aware that youths are not always forthcoming to their parents meaning that they genuinely might not know where their children are, who they are with or the trouble they are causing.

"Inside this letter it states the recent incidents we have attended where their children’s details have been taken. It also explains the Section 35 Direction to Exclude process.

"It also states that the Paignton Neighbourhood Team are working closely with Torbay Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Department, gathering evidence for each youth involved and progressing ASB warnings. ASB warnings come in stages 1, 2 and 3 and if the behaviour continues further, evidence will be sent to court and Civil Injunctions may be issued.

"A Civil Injunction could have conditions such as; not to be in company with certain named associates, not to be in groups of a certain number, to attend regular appointments and meetings for positive intervention and even to ban the named person from an area entirely for the foreseeable future.

"If the Civil Injunction is breached further it is an arrestable offence and the offender may be sent to court to answer for their actions.

"The purpose of sending this letter is to give the parents who might be being kept in the dark, the heads up as to what their children are getting involved in before further action is taken. 

"We hope that after receiving them, the amount of youths who think they can get away with disrupting our town and it’s residents will begin to reduce. Any new name that an officer takes at the scene of an incident will also have the same letter sent to their parents.

"The youths who still think it’s appropriate to continue will have to prepare for further legal action to be taken against them.

"If you witness any incidents involving large groups of youths in Paignton, please don’t hesitate to call us.

"Use 999 if the incident is ongoing and the offenders are still on scene. You can call 101 to report an incident that has already happened or you can email paignton@dc.police.uk for enquiries or information."

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