Tough measures to target youth crime in Croydon and Thornton Heath

Your Local Guardian: Tough measures to target Croydon youth crime Tough measures to target Croydon youth crime

Dispersal orders have been imposed in Croydon town centre and Thornton Heath to prevent gangs of youths targeting shops.

Traders and residents in these areas are harassed by youths in large groups, damaging property and stealing from shops.

Police will now have the power to take youths under 16 to their homes if they could be victims or act anti-socially themselves.

The order will be in place until October 27.

Councillor Simon Hoar, Croydon cabinet member for community safety, said: "We will not tolerate this antisocial behaviour."

He claimed the order would help enforce law and make the community safer.

Inspector James Knowles, from Croydon Police, said retail stores support the order because anti-social behaviour affects their trade.

He said: "It is also distressing for the community, especially elderly residents, who fear large groups of youths."

The police assure those acting lawfully they will not be affected by the new orders which are punishable by three months in prison and/or a fine up to £2,500.

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2:09pm Mon 30 Apr 12

DRAKEKNIGHT says...

At what point are we going to get with the program. If we offered the youth something better or had facilities that will engage them, or gave options more than tokens. we would have the right to complain that the youth are criminals or unruly. we offer them nothing.
That said a crime is a crime which we the public employ or charge THE POLICE to deal with when are we to tolerate enough is a enough slapping criminals on the wrist,talking till your blue in the face or saying to them"excuse old boy would you mind doing that crime elsewhere" its about time we bit the bullet and said zero tolerance, nick them, we might then get to know the real crime figures.
DRAKEKNIGHT
At what point are we going to get with the program. If we offered the youth something better or had facilities that will engage them, or gave options more than tokens. we would have the right to complain that the youth are criminals or unruly. we offer them nothing. That said a crime is a crime which we the public employ or charge THE POLICE to deal with when are we to tolerate enough is a enough slapping criminals on the wrist,talking till your blue in the face or saying to them"excuse old boy would you mind doing that crime elsewhere" its about time we bit the bullet and said zero tolerance, nick them, we might then get to know the real crime figures. DRAKEKNIGHT DRAKEKNIGHT

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