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Parents - do you know what your children get up to?

Alert message sent 26/03/2022 14:08:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

Parents, do you knew where your children are when they go out?
Do you know what they get up to?
Do you know they are staying safe and know what's right from wrong?

We have had several reports of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and other crimes in Lichfield and the surrounding areas recently and each report has stated that the age of the individuals causing the issues are between 13-17 years old.

Things we have had reported over the last week are:
- Setting fires up in the woodland areas.
- Setting public bins on fire in the Lichfield area.
- Damaging planters in the city.
- Pulling plants up from neighbours' properties.
- Abusive language and smoking cannabis around members of the public with young children trying to enjoy the skate park in Beacon Park.
- Causing issues in shops by throwing the store items around at each other.
- Entering stores and committing theft and stealing sweets and vapes.
- Driving past members of the public and throwing eggs at them.
- Throwing eggs at neighbours’ properties.
- Kicking a football and throwing food at staff in McDonald’s when they have been asked to leave due to their behaviour or previously banned status.
- Running past members of the public and thumping them in the back as they pass.
- Using a disused building known as Chase Recreation Club on High Street, Chasetown as a hang out and damaging the boarding up that is put there for their safety.
- Entering a building site and messing around with the machinery.
- Damaging CCTV cameras in the car parks.

Staffordshire Police are committed to dealing with these issues and are working closely with partner agencies; identified youths will be dealt with appropriately as this behaviour will not be tolerated. However, it isn't just the responsibility of the Police to tackle ASB in Lichfield. You have a responsibility as a parent too. Please sit down with your children and talk to them about their safety and what they should and shouldn't be getting up to when they go out with their friends. Teach them about respect, not only for others, but for themselves as well. Encourage them not to conform to peer pressure which could result in anti-social behaviour and could have a negative impact on the whole community and put their safety and the safety of others at risk.

As the warmer weather approaches, Staffordshire Police usually receive concerning reports about the behaviour of young people near to the many water areas in the county. Cold water shock from jumping in to deep, cold water, unsafe water and combining alcohol and swimming can put young people at risk. Added to this, large amounts of litter left in rural areas can cause damage and death to livestock.

Please remind your children of their responsibility to keep themselves and their friends safe and to protect the environment that we all want to enjoy.

Thank you.
Message sent by
Deryn Small (Police, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Lichfield)

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