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Asbo threat to unruly yobs

PUBLISHED: 07:35 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:58 22 October 2010

RICHARD PARR

Trouble-making teenagers in Wells have been given a stark warning by police - stop or you will be issued with anti-social behaviour orders.

Trouble-making teenagers in Wells have been given a stark warning by police - stop or you will be issued with anti-social behaviour orders.

Concern has been raised that groups of youngsters have been intimidating residents at a number of locations in the town in the evenings.

Now PC Andy Johnston says that if the youngsters persist in upsetting residents he will have no hesitation in issuing Asbos.

But he stressed that such action would only be taken as a last resort.

"The yobbos causing problems in the town all know me and I can say to them that I don't shy away from my job.

"If I have to take enforcement action I will," he said.

Concern about the behaviour of youngsters was highlighted this week at a meeting of Wells Town Council by resident Ray Hewitt.

He said youngsters were hanging around the Beach Road toilets and the playground on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

"I and my partner, Sue, were sitting on the bench near the playground and the youngsters were throwing beer cans over the top of the toilets aimed at us," Mr Hewitt told the meeting.

PC Johnston said there had been four areas where the youngsters were causing a nuisance - the Beach Road toilets and playground, Pinewoods play area (from where they have been banned by owners the Holkham Estate), the GP surgery, of Staithe Street, and the Sackhouse, close to the Tourist Information Office in Staithe Street.


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