POLICE have launched a crackdown on unruly teens in Portishead following a spate of complaints about antisocial behaviour
POLICE have launched a crackdown on unruly teens in Portishead following a spate of complaints about antisocial behaviour.Extra officers are to be drafted in on weekend nights in a bid to nip bad behaviour and under age drinking in the town in the bud.The move follows a number of complaints about badly behaved teens who are meeting up on the beach, getting drunk and then vandalising properties on the way home.Last week the North Somerset Times revealed how homeowners in Drakes Way and Admirals Walk were facing repair bills running into hundreds of pounds after youths went on a rampage after a night out on the beach.During a crackdown at the weekend, officers seized around 100 cans and bottles of alcohol from youths drinking at the Lake Grounds and coastal path and on the High Street.Officers made a number of arrests during the night for antisocial behaviour offences.An 18-year-old youth was given a caution after being caught smoking cannabis and another youth was reported for caution after continuing to drink in an alcohol free zone.Two people were arrested for public order offences, with one youth receiving an £80 on-the-spot fine for swearing.A 16-year-old girl was arrested following an assault on a police officer and has been released on police bail.On Friday night one male arrested for disorderly conduct and given an £80 fixed penalty notice A second male was reported for summons for continuing to consume alcohol after being told to cease. Portishead Police Sergeant Terry Scoble said the zero tolerance policing would continue until behaviour among the young people improved.Sgt Scoble said: "As a result of concerns about antisocial behaviour in the town, extra resources have been employed to target issues on key problem nights."Over the evening we spoke to around 50 youths who were in the High Street, Lake Grounds and coastal path areas."We don't particularly like having to police this sort of way, but will continue to do so until the young people of the town understand the level of behaviour we are prepared to accept."This is not the first time police have had to launch zero tolerance policing in the town.Last summer regular swoops of the Lake Grounds - which is covered by an alcohol ban - were carried out after reports of teenagers running riot.