Seven year olds caught targeting village hall

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 May 2011

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UNRULY kids as young as seven have been caught smashing windows at a well-used community building in Banwell.

But police fear the alarming news may not be the worst part of an antisocial behaviour problem in the village. Officers fear many incidents are going unreported.

At a parish council meeting on Monday night, PC Dave Eastham said he was concerned about the rise in disturbance in some areas of the village.

It followed the continued targeting of the 
village hall in Westfield Road, which has now had a number of windows smashed this year by people hurling stones.

The group of children responsible have members as young as seven and known to police.

PC Eastham said: “We are continuing to have a problem of antisocial behaviour in some areas of the village.

“There is a small group of youths largely responsible for trouble in the Westfield Road area and we have set up plans to deal with them.

“But we believe a lot of things are still going unreported, and I urge more people to come forward with information about nuisance behaviour in the village. If the crimes are reported it gives us a better chance off clamping down on the trouble.”

There was some good news, however, with PC Eastham reporting that antisocial behaviour in West Street had tailed off, partly thanks to a CCTV system now operating in that area.

A special patrol unit which focused on designated areas and responded only to nuisance behaviour had also been introduced in the village.

Last month, there had been an 85 per cent drop in calls about antisocial behaviour from February to March. But from April 11 to Monday, out of 50 calls made to police in the parish, six were about antisocial behaviour.

PC Eastham said: “The support and help of local people is really important and I would urge anyone who witnesses any incident of antisocial behaviour to report it to me directly.

“The more information we can obtain will help us identify those responsible and bring them to account for their actions.”

Anyone who wants to report an incident should call PC Eastham on 0845 4567000.

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