Police to tackle after school crime

PUBLISHED: 11:55 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010

YOUNGSTERS in Weston are committing more crimes on their way home from school than at any other time. Police say violent crimes committed by youths aged from 10-15 are happening not late at night or on weekends but between the hours of 3.30-7pm. Even duri

YOUNGSTERS in Weston are committing more crimes on their way home from school than at any other time.Police say violent crimes committed by youths aged from 10-15 are happening not late at night or on weekends but between the hours of 3.30-7pm.Even during school holidays the problems, such as criminal damage and violence, tend to die down. Officers believe the problems happen as youngsters journey home from school or meet up in large groups after school.The problems have been compared to large numbers of people leaving pubs and clubs at the same time, resulting in 'flash points'.From the new school term in September, officers will be trying to clamp down on the problems. They will be discussing after school transport arrangements with headteachers and speaking to pupils. Last term police beat officers headed back into the classroom to try to teach youngsters about the law and the dangers of drinking, drugs and carrying weapons. This will continue in the next school year.North Somerset's district commander Tracey Hayler said: "Part of it may be intolerance on the part of the older population who see groups hanging out in parks and report it to the police so it appears as if there are more incidents."But we think it is mainly due to when rowdy behaviour after school spills over to violence, damage and other crimes. It could be something as simple as looking at transport after school. It's the same principle as people piling out of pubs at night and waiting for taxis at the same time. That is when flash points occur.

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