‘Parents, speak to your children about Warrenpoint antisocial behaviour’ – PSNI

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Friday, April 24th, 2015
Police in Warrenpoint are asking local parents, community representatives and residents to help them address antisocial behaviour in the Bridal Loanan area. Police carOver the last 6 months there has been an increase in antisocial incidents, particularly in the Lassara Heights and Ridgefield Grove areas. Speaking to Newry Times, Constable Natalie Brennan explained, “A large group of teenagers, between the ages of 12 to 16 years, have been gathering on street corners, knocking doors, throwing stones at windows and shaking lamp posts. “Some of these young people are from the local area and we believe some are travelling in from out of town. The antisocial behaviour is generally low level, however it is having a massive impact on the lives of local residents,” she insisted. “We have increased our patrols of the area and have also spoken to local political representatives. We have issued a number of ASB letters to the parents of some of the youths, however antisocial incidents are still ongoing. “We would like to prevent any further incidents and deter young people from engaging in this type of activity. Firstly I would like to ask local residents to report incidents to us as they occur. Constable Brennan continued, “We understand that some residents feel imtimidated and fearful of contacting police but if you phone us when an incident occurs, there is a much better chance that we can apprehend those involved. “I would also ask parents to speak to their children. Find out where they are going and hanging out and who they are with. If they congregate in the Bridal Loanan area please discourage them from gathering there and discuss the consequences of antisocial behaviour with them. “We are also encouraging local residents to consider a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme so that we can work together to take ownership of the area and make it safe. She added, “We are keen to work with the local community to find a solution for this issue. You can contact us in South Down Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”
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