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Kids responsible for criminal damage, arson, trespass and causing a danger to motorists in town




Parents are urged to safeguard their children from the perils of getting involved in anti-social behaviour after a recent incidents of criminal damage, arson, trespassing and causing danger to motorists.

Alongside Nottinghamshire Police, Newark and Sherwood District Council is stepping up its patrols and heightening its CCTV in Ollerton town centre after being targeted by anti-social youngsters.

The district council and police have received reports of youths being threatening and abusive, climbing onto shop roofs, causing damage to fencing and walls, starting fires and throwing objects at passers-by and motorists.

Young people are going up the stairs at the back of the Spar shop and climbing on to the roof, walking as far down as the Forest centre Young people are going up the stairs at the back of the Spar shop and climbing on to the roof, walking as far down as the Forest centre. (28937324)
Young people are going up the stairs at the back of the Spar shop and climbing on to the roof, walking as far down as the Forest centre Young people are going up the stairs at the back of the Spar shop and climbing on to the roof, walking as far down as the Forest centre. (28937324)

Due to the severity of some incidents, action may also be taken against parents of young people who are persistently found to be causing nuisance in the town centre.

A number of additional multi-agency patrols in hotspot areas have been arranged with any individual found to be causing intimidating, distressing or nuisance behaviour being dealt with.

District council leader David Lloyd, said: “This sort of behaviour is absolutely unacceptable and as well as stepping up patrols, we will be utilising CCTV footage, honing in on facial shots of individuals that appear to be causing nuisance.

Roofs from which young people are gathering and throwing items at passers by and motorists. (28937329)
Roofs from which young people are gathering and throwing items at passers by and motorists. (28937329)

“We are urging parents to check where their children are and what they are doing ­— or they could suffer consequences too.

"We have different powers including issuing parents with community protection warnings or tenancy action which can result in people being evicted from their homes for the behaviour of their children.”

Sergeant Christian Hurley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Young people are part of our community and the majority behave in a respectful way when out in the town of an evening.

"It is a shame that there is a small minority that are not only causing misery to residents and shop owners, they are also putting themselves in danger. Shop roofs are not a playground and someone is going to get seriously hurt.”

Broken window at the back of the Spar shop in Ollerton. (28937337)
Broken window at the back of the Spar shop in Ollerton. (28937337)

Additional diversionary activities are also being set up in conjunction with the Ollerton, Edwinstowe and Boughton Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) to help deter young people from engaging in under-aged alcohol-related activity that leads to anti-social behaviour.

Broken fence panels at the back of the Forest centre. (28937333)
Broken fence panels at the back of the Forest centre. (28937333)

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