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Parents must help to tackle anti-social behaviour: PSNI

Parents are being urged to keep their children out of trouble as police bid to crack down on an anti-social behaviour troublespot in Newtownabbey.

Recently The Community Telegraph highlighted the ongoing problems at Church Road, which has seen a rise in anti-social behaviour.

Police have said they are working with the community to address a number of incidents and are urging parents to keep their children safe and out of trouble this summer.

On a number of occasions, weapons such as sticks and metal bars have been recovered from the area following instances of young people gathering and causing a nuisance to residents in the area.

Local community policing teams are addressing the situation through high-visibility patrolling and crime analysis-led operations.

Officers are determined to ensure that anti-social behaviour does not adversely impact on the community, and seek the support of everyone in the area to do that.

Newtownabbey Area Commander Chief Inspector Paula Hilman said: “The consequences of getting caught for damaging someone else’s property, being involved in an assault or causing a nuisance in the community could be a criminal record.

“We are asking parents to encourage their children not to get involved in these incidents and to ensure they know where their children are and what they get up to,” she said.

Police have been and will continue to work together with groups in the community and will always aim to carry out both an enforcement and an education role, they insist.

Local people can also help halt criminal damage, disorderly behaviour and assaults between young people by reporting any suspicious activity they notice in the area.

“Where offences are committed, my officers will act swiftly to curb any vandalism and disorder that occurs. We will not hesitate to take appropriate action against anyone found breaking the law,” added Chief Inspector Hilman.

CCTV images are being examined as part of investigations into a number of recent incidents, such as a report that a large group of young people — some armed with iron bars — had gathered in the area on the evening of Thursday, May 20.

Police in Newtownabbey can be contacted on 0845 600 8000, or information about crime can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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