Issued on 13/4/17 at 1:18 p.m.
Patrols of a Hinckley shopping area will be increased over the Easter break following reports of young people committing antisocial behaviour (ASB).
To tackle this, officers are working in partnership with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (HBBC) and retailers at The Crescent to identify those responsible and deal with them appropriately.
Sergeant Gary Butterworth from the Hinckley Town Centre Dedicated Neighbourhood Team said: “Over recent weeks the Endeavour Team at HBBC and ourselves have seen a rise in the number of reports of ASB involving young people congregating in and around The Crescent, causing concern for retailers and people visiting the area.
“We work closely with the council and have issued a number of warning letters to parents of those suspected of being involved. We have identified nine young people who have been involved in more than one incident and they are now being asked to sign ASB order contracts to reduce further incidents.
“We would ask parents to speak to their children about being considerate when they are out and about, so as not to cause unnecessary distress to others.”
HBBC staff will be joining police at the Crescent over the Easter holidays to provide extra support with patrols at key times.
In addition, HBBC have been working with security and retailers at the site to encourage reporting and improve relationships between them and those committing ASB.
The IMPACT team and Street Vibe youth engagement teams are also continuing to work with young people in the area to deter them from committing ASB in the future.
If you are a victim or witness to ASB whilst visiting The Crescent please report it to Leicestershire Police by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. To find out more about what constitutes antisocial behaviour visit https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/victims-witnesses/antisocial-behaviour