POLICE officers are urging residents to keep an eye on their children after teenagers were involved in an attempted robbery in Weston over the weekend (Saturday, March 30).

Posting on Sunday, a North Somerset Neighbourhood Policing spokesperson said: "Do you know where your children are?

"Last night at around 22:30 hours on the Queensway, a single crewed neighbourhood Police Officer from the Worle and Villages team was patrolling the retail estate due to ongoing ASB and youth crime in the area.

"Whilst doing so, the officer spotted what appeared to be an attempted robbery.

"When the offenders saw the police car, they made off towards the Summerhouse public house.

"The victim appeared to be 14 or 15 years old and refused to engage with the officer, cycling off with a group of three similarly aged girls.

"The officer sought out and stopped the three male youths who appeared to be around 15 years old.

"These three males were very confrontational and tried to walk off several times, being aggressive and argumentative with the officer.

"They were detained by the single crewed officer and additional officers from the neighbourhood team and the response team arrived.

"The three males were searched in relation to possible possession of weapons. They then provided officers with false details.

"Within 30 minutes of being released (no weapons located) we were able to successfully identify these children and today have begun the process of speaking to the remaining parents. We have confirmed these children are aged 15 and 16.

"It was lucky this officer was in the right place at the right time.

"We want to be honest with you, the Worle and villages neighbourhood team is currently staffed by one Sergeant, four PC’s, one PCSO supervisor, 3 part time PCSO’s and 3 full time PCSO’s.

"We cover an area that extends from the border of Churchill, down to Ashcombe road near the town centre, up to and including Bleadon, up to Banwell and Winscombe and across to Kewstoke and Ebdon.

"This is a massive area with exceptional growth in new build housing, and our team is not getting any bigger.

"We are also the busiest area of North Somerset. We are trying to be as visible as possible, we are doing foot patrol, cycle patrol and beat surgeries in addition to normal vehicle patrols.

"Please stop and speak to us if you see us and encourage your children to do so as well, that way we can help and support them if they are in need."