Teeny tipplers: police write to parents

PUBLISHED: 08:22 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010

THE parents of 25 youths in Honiton are to receive letters from police after the teenagers were found to be in possession of alcohol or engaging in anti-social behaviour.

THE parents of 25 youths in Honiton are to receive letters from police after the teenagers were found to be in possession of alcohol or engaging in anti-social behaviour. Sergeant John Gait, who led a three-night operation in the town last week, said the letters aim to reinforce a "no nonsense approach to anti-social behaviour at the start of the summer holiday". A number of arrests were made after bladed implements were found during stop and search exercises over the weekend and, in total, up to 40 bottles of lager and cider were taken off under-age drinkers - less than the numbers seized on previous occasions Sergeant Gait said eight officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Special Constables were on duty during Safe Night Out operations on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. "Kids are getting the message," he said. "They have been very receptive, although we've still got a minority group of troublemakers. "Crime is down by nearly 200 offences so far this year - that's massive. Officers have been volunteering to work an awful lot of late nights." Residents have told police, through the PACT process, what issues they would like tackled and Sergeant Gait says his officers are engaged with reducing anti-social behaviour, improving police visibility and reducing speeding. Referring to letters being sent to parents this week, he said: "Twenty-five letters will be going to parents, saying their child has been stopped and found to have alcohol or to be engaged in anti-social behaviour." Police in Honiton believe special operations are having a positive impact on the community and, after last weekend's success, are certain troublemakers are getting the message.

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