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13 year old in court following complaints about weekend youth behaviour

A boy aged 13 will appear before a youth court following reports of anti-social behaviour in Shepton Mallet.

He's accused of a number of offences, including theft, public order and breach of a dispersal order. 

Over the past three weekends dispersal orders have been issued to teenagers.

Shepton Mallet beat manager PC Heather Anderton said: "The boy was interviewed following high profile patrols mounted by Shepton Mallet neighbourhood policing team.

"It follows complaints from members of the public and local traders about anti-social behaviour, particularly at weekends. 

"Dispersal orders have been issued to teenagers over the past three weekends to help combat the anti-social behaviour problems.

"On Friday 8th February a multi-agency meeting was held with local schools, social services and the youth offending team to ensure a joined-up approach to dealing with the problems. 

"We would like to reassure the public that we take all reports very seriously and are dealing with matters positively, using all appropriate powers we have." 

Fellow Shepton Mallet beat manager PC George Simpson added: "We would encourage local businesses and members of the community to continue to be our eyes and ears on the ground and report anti-social behaviour problems so that we can take a robust approach to deal with them."

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