Abusive youths apologise after verbal warnings

INCIDENTS of anti-social behaviour have reduced in Sleaford following a co-ordinated operation between the police, business community and North Kesteven District Council.

The North Kesteven Anti-Social Behaviour Team, working closely with the Sleaford Business Improvement District group (BID) security officers and Lincolnshire Police, have issued formal warnings to 10 local youths as a result of complaints of anti-social around the town centre and specific places in Boston Road.

Complaints were received from residents about groups of youths congregating close to their homes and becoming abusive when asked to leave.

Similar complaints were received from a business in Boston Road, reporting that their customers and staff were being intimidated and harassed.

All the youths that have been given a verbal warning under the anti-social behaviour legislation have apologised for their actions.

They have been told that if any of them come to police notice again they will be dealt with robustly and higher level written warnings served.

Coun Mike Gallagher, chairman of the NK Community Safety Partnership, said all of the agencies involved took complaints of anti-social behaviour very seriously and were determined to work together to achieve quick and effective solutions.

He said: “By having the confidence to step forward and make complaints, residents have found that teams will co-operate to deal robustly and quickly with those involved so that decent members of the public can go about their business without being in fear of crime or anti-social behaviour.

“It is also important that parents should have responsibility for their children, always knowing where they are and what they are doing,”

If you are a victim of anti-social behaviour, contact the North Kesteven District Council ASB team on 01529 414155 or the police on 101.