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Police tackle youth anti social behaviour in West Berkshire

Officers work with schools to monitor after prom parties

John Herring

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ANTI social behaviour in West Berkshire has fallen in the last year; because police have been tackling after school parties. 

Year on year figures show that there were 160 incidents of anti social behaviour reported in July 2015 compared to the 214 recorded in July 2014; a fall of 25 per cent. 

Thames Valley Police said that the drop was partly down to the proactive approach of Newbury neighbourhood teams to tackle anti social behaviour involving young people attending field and after prom parties.

The neighbourhood team visited all the local secondary schools in the district and worked with teachers to obtain dates and locations of any end of year proms and after prom parties and, where possible, offered help or advice to the home owner.

PC Raymond Breach said: “I visited an address where an after prom party was going to take place and after expressing some concerns about the potential for uninvited teenagers turning up, a Section 34 dispersal authority was set up so that if needed any problem individuals or groups who turned up on the night could be legally dispersed.

"The power was there if required and the party passed without incident.

“This year we have had no issues regarding any proms or after proms parties and I believe this is down to the neighbourhood’s proactive approach and the relationships the team has built up with local schools.

“In one incident last year over 200 youths gathered for a field party during which officers confiscated large amounts of alcohol. This year the team have patrolled the areas where the field parties have occurred in the past and as soon as groups appear the team approach them and if alcohol is seen it gets confiscated.

"Some young people have been taken home and it has been explained to their parents what their children have been doing and where they have been located and this has gone down well with the parents.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and although we have no wish to stop people enjoying themselves we will take firm action to prevent this lapsing into anti social behaviour.”

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