Police action to stop school feuds

A SIMMERING feud between two secondary schools played out in a sleepy North Somerset village has ended with police intervention. Earlier this month a pupil from Sidcot School was attacked in Winscombe by pupils from Churchill Community School and other

A SIMMERING feud between two secondary schools played out in a sleepy North Somerset village has ended with police intervention. Earlier this month a pupil from Sidcot School was attacked in Winscombe by pupils from Churchill Community School and other youths.The incident happened when the boy wandered down Sidcot Lane to get some chips and was set upon by a gang of youths.According to police, what started as a dispute on Bebo, an internet chat website, had spilled out on to the streets. Both Sidcot staff and their counterparts in Churchill shared information to make sure parents of any pupils involved were informed and police are continuing to monitor the situation. Alcohol has also led to disruptive behaviour in the normally quiet village with youths disturbing parish council meetings and hanging about on street corners. Police have responded by asking Winscombe shopkeepers which sell alcohol to be extra vigilant in their approach.Their request has been met with compliance from the Co-op in Woodborough Drive, which now asks customers for ID if they look younger than 25-years-old.Jones Day & Night off-licence in Ashley Close has also implemented a no under-21's policy when selling alcohol.The issue was raised by PC Steve Church at a Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council meeting. He said: "Youth problems on Friday nights are still causing concern. I would ask all parents to find out where their children are at that time and what they're doing."Parish councillor Steve Bridges said: "The main problem is youths coming over from Cheddar, Axbridge and Wrington on Friday nights. They're harmless for the most part - I've stopped and chatted to some from Cheddar who say they are just bored."Police in Winscombe arrested two youths for public order offences in March but no charges were brought.


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