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'Positive action by parents' after ASB warning letters

Police in Paignton have 'thanked families for their positive action' after sending out warning letters to parents about their children's anti-social behaviour.

Officers also warn the problems have not stopped and they are investigating issues across Torquay and Brixham as well as parts of Paignton.

The force have posted 46 letters to parents warning them that their children have been found at the scene of incidents.

In a post on social media, officers warn: "However, unfortunately, there are still some who continue to disrupt residents of Paignton. 

"We believe that they may be under the impression that the ASB warnings are specifically related to the town centre.

"This is incorrect. We’d like to clarify that if we receive any reports of ASB for anywhere in Paignton concerning the same youths that were causing issues in the Town Centre, this will still be added to their own individual evidence files to progress.

"The same goes for if we receive reports from our neighbouring towns of Torquay & Brixham.

"The aim of this process is not to just get groups to stop causing ASB in one particular area, but to stop completely.

"ASB disrupts businesses, families & other members of public using public spaces. It may also have detrimental effects on an innocent persons mental health if they perceive themselves to be persistently targeted or in immediate risk of danger.

"We understand that youth services are underfunded & that many youths claim they are bored, however, this cannot be used as an excuse to impact members of public trying to live their lives.

"We are reluctant to criminalize children as we do not want to impact their life in adulthood, which is why they receive many warnings beforehand. Unfortunately, there are a small percentage who are rapidly approaching that stage.

"If you witness any incidents involving nuisance youths ANYWHERE in Paignton or even Torbay, you have the right to video or photograph evidence of such incidents if they are occurring in a public place & if you are safe to do so.

"Please contact us to officially record the incident via 999 or 101. You can also use the 101 online reporting service or the 101 email."

For more about the recent ASB police dispersal orders in Paignton click here

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