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Control your child or lose your home, Wrexham parents warned

Published date: 17 March 2014 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan
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PARENTS of anti-social youths have been warned their council houses may be at risk if their children continue to terrorise residents.

Town police inspector, Paul Wycherley, said letters had been written to some parents in Caia Park warning them to get their children’s behaviour in check.

Officers will visit parents to warn them unruly behaviour by their children could jeopardise their council tenancies, Insp Wycherley told a meeting of Caia Park Community Council.

Wrexham Council said it would ‘not hesitate to take whatever steps are necessary’ to protect the ‘peace and quiet’ of neighbours.

The comments follow last week’s Leader report on the story of Claire Evans and her family, whose windows at their Montrose Road home had been shattered by airgun pellets fired at the property last month.

Caia Park councillors expressed their concerns to Insp Wycherley about a spate of such anti-social behaviour in the area. He responded by vowing to crack down on the problems.

Cllr Brian Halley said: “On Sycamore Road there are still residents and children living in constant fear of having stones or worse put through their windows. I’d like to see patrols up there as it is kicking off every other evening.

Insp Wycherley said: “Last week on Sycamore Road there were incidents of youths throwing mud at windows and making threats.

“There has been anti-social behaviour at Montrose Gardens and similar on Eaton Drive. We’re trying to get to the root cause of the problems, as kids are destroying the area.”

He said he had raised concerns with the council at the Guildhall. An 11-point plan has been drawn up to deal with the problems, but he stressed it was difficult for the police as many of the youths involved were under the age of criminal responsibility.

The plan includes visits to parents’ houses, the council youth service going out on evening patrols with officers, and outreach work.

He added that a meeting of professionals had been held which included the Youth Justice Service and the housing department.

Insp Wycherley said: “We can’t handle it on our own. Letters have been sent to seven parents telling them their child will be dealt with with an ASBO, but we will also deal with their lack of responsibility as parents.

“Two have already replied, inviting us to speak to them and they are happy to engage with us.

“We will visit parents of the youths causing the problems to state they are jeopardising their council property.”

A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “All council tenants sign a tenancy agreement which amongst other things outlines the tenants responsibility to ensure that everyone in their household behaves responsibly.

“Should any tenant, their children or visitors behave in a manner that could be alarming or distressing to their neighbours the council can take action through mediation and ultimately the courts to uphold the tenancy agreement.

“In the small amount of cases where action becomes necessary we will not hesitate to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that all our tenants can live in peace and quiet in their homes.”

Insp Wycherley went on to assure councillors and residents that the police are working hard to sort the situation out.

He said: “We have a patrol of the area late afternoon and early in the evenings and have asked for multi-agency help from the youth justice service, so people who live there can go back to living normal lives again.

“As a last resort we’d have to get a dispersal order to prevent them congregating in the same place at the same time. These kids need to know there is a consequence behind their actions.”

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  1. Posted by: Sheefag at 09:04 on 17 March 2014 Report

    Hot air and bluster. Nothing will happen, nothing at all, heard it all before. Police will blame council, council will blame police, arson and anti-social behaviour will continue as always.

  2. Posted by: Sheefag at 09:13 on 17 March 2014 Report

    Actually, let's try something radical here, how about Police, Magistrates and Wrexham council working together. Simply, you catch the, you charge them, you jail them and anti-social behaviour goes down whilst they are inside. Or you could just write to the parents............ laughable.

  3. Posted by: a cahill at 13:31 on 17 March 2014 Report

    It is a joke when the council are hell bent on closing every leisure centre in Wrexham....maybe Insp Wycherley with his background in law enforcement could approach the Caia Park Estate office and give them a crash course in understanding the tenancy agreement and its all so close to the Venture as well

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