Posted: Sat 7th Feb 2015

Connah’s Quay anti social behaviour crackdown – 8 youths issued with banning orders on Friday

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Feb 7th, 2015

Police banned eight youths from certain areas of Connah’s Quay on Friday evening as part of an ongoing anti social behaviour crackdown in the town. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The temporary banning orders known as Dispersal Notices are the first to be handed out as part of Operation LEAP which gives Police Officers and PCSO’s the power to ban youths from specific areas for 48 hours. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The crackdown follows a number of recent incidents at the Quay shopping centreFfordd Llanarth, where its alleged gangs of youths have been harassing and abusing members of the public and staff in shops.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

One resident, who we won’t name, told us: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“There were loads of lads up there the other week shouting abuse and swearing. They frightened my daughter.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

While another said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“My poor parents live right across from this precinct and have had to put up with anti social behaviour and vandalism, they need to ensure they go home and not continue to harass poor residents!!! ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The eight youths issued with the notices are now excluded from certain areas of Connah’s Quay for the next 48 hours, failure to comply with the Dispersal Notices is a criminal offence and they are likely to be arrested Police say. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Talking about this weekends crackdown local Police inspector Ceri Hawe said; ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.  A policing operation will be run this weekend and robust action will be taken against anyone causing trouble. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We are linking in with the local schools and letters will go out to pupils to advise them. We are also asking parents and guardians to exercise their responsibilities and to make sure they know where their children are so that they are not part of the problem.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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