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Spate of anti-social behaviour in Farndon blamed on youths able to meet in gangs of six

A spate of anti-social behaviour has been reported in a village since lockdown restrictions were relaxed.

A fence was damaged and loutish behaviour reported in Farndon. A fire in a village phone box, which had been converted into a community library, is being investigated to decide if it was arson or a mechanical fault.

The spike in anti-social behaviour is blamed on youths now able to meet as gangs of six.

The phone box at Farndon was damaged by fire. (46415750)
The phone box at Farndon was damaged by fire. (46415750)

Chief Inspector Heather Sutton, divisional commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “We have seen a spike in anti-social behaviour in Farndon over the past week since the restrictions were relaxed.

“It is certainly not at the level it was last year, but there have been some mindless acts by kids who run away as soon as police officers get near to them.”

Chief Inspector Sutton said dedicated patrols had been conducted in the area as well as anti-social behaviour-specific resources to clamp down on issues.

“Youngsters are now allowed just as everyone else is to meet in the open in groups of up to six,” said Chief Inspector Sutton. “While that is absolutely brilliant for their mental health and ability to exercise, what I would say to them is don’t ruin it for everyone else. Enjoy the facilities that are provided for you, but don’t turn yourself into a criminal just because you can now meet up with friends.”

Chief Inspector Sutton urged parents to ask their children where they were going and to urge them to behave, or risk having a police officer deliver them home or, worse, for them to receive a call to come to the police station because their son or daughter had been arrested.

Rural beat managers are finalising plans to deal with anti-social behaviour and Pc Harry Shaw, Farndon’s beat officer’s will involve a multi-agency approach of councils, the fire service and youth intervention workers.

Chief Inspector Sutton said four main ringleaders had been identified and they and their parents would be asked to go to the police station to discuss the children’s behaviour and map out a way forward to curb it before it got any worse.

Pc Shaw also reminds residents of the importance of reporting crimes, bad behaviour and concerns directly to him on 101, rather than just voicing them on the village’s Facebook page, so they can be investigated and any patterns of behaviour be identified.

Farndon Parish Council did not respond to a request for comment.

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