Teens told to clean up their own mess

PUBLISHED: 16:43 06 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:06 24 May 2010

TEEN tearaways who behave antisocially in Nailsea by drinking and causing chaos will be taken back to the scene of their 'crime' - to clear up the devastation they left behind. As part of a new initiative, youngsters who are found to be drunk, or behaving

TEEN tearaways who behave antisocially in Nailsea by drinking and causing chaos will be taken back to the scene of their 'crime' - to clear up the devastation they left behind.As part of a new initiative, youngsters who are found to be drunk, or behaving badly, will not just be taken home to face mum and dad, but also forced to clear up the mess they leave behind.They may also be issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice.Officers will target areas including Golden Valley Fields, the Scotch Horn Park and the Somerset Square precinct.The idea, which is the brainchild of community beat officers PC Adam Clarke and Roger Watts, follows complaints about the large amount of debris left by gangs of youths who gather at the town's hotspots.The scheme will launch shortly, in time for the warm summer nights when groups of up to 50 youngsters meet at Golden Valley on weekend evenings.PC Clarke said: "We already have a policy where youngsters caught drinking or behaving antisocially are taken back to their parents."Now, when I do the follow-up call, I will ask the permission of the parent to take the young person back to the place they gathered with their friends to help clean up the mess."Golden Valley and the Scotch Horn Park especially are a total mess some weekends, especially during the summer, with the fields covered with litter, including drink cans and bottles."There has also been some damage to the school."Most of the young people who do meet at the fields just gather to chat and socialise and cause no trouble."But anyone who is behaving badly will be targeted as part of this initiative."It will hopefully make them think about what they are doing when they go back and see the result of their behaviour in the cold light of day."It may also stop them making another mess if they think they run the risk of having to return and clean it up."The clean-ups will be held on Saturday mornings and are being sponsored by SITA who have provided the litter pickers and refuse sacks.What do you think? Let us know. Write to us at Portishead Times, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 1LW. You can also e-mail us at nstimes@archant.co.uk or fax your letters to 01934 422600.

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