Warning over children’s anti-social behaviour

11 February 2020

Parents in Ollerton are being 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 danger to motorists.

Newark and Sherwood District Council alongside Nottinghamshire Police 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.

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, Councillor 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.

“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.” 

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. 

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