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Anti-social youngsters under the spotlight

YOUTHS responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour in Mirfield are the subject of new talks.

YOUTHS responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour in Mirfield are the subject of new talks. Police and community leaders want to tackle trouble on the town's estates.

Residents have complained about rowdy teenage gangs causing noise and nuisance, particularly in the London Park area.

Two groups are meeting to discuss the possibility of drawing up a three-year action plan.

One group is made up of 24 organisations, including Kirklees Council housing officials and neighbourhood wardens, councillors and youth workers.

Another group, made up of 20 organisations, is led by the Victim Support charity.

Insp Keith Hallas, community safety officer for Dewsbury and Mirfield, said the action plan was still being discussed.

"It is about tackling anti-social behaviour in general, focusing on juveniles in that area," he said.

He said there were some problems in Mirfield town centre, but the main area of concern was London Park.

Insp Hallas leads the police's Community Orientated Problem Solving (Cops) team, which works with schools and housing officials.

Ten Mirfield youths have already been given warnings.

And council tenants have been told they face eviction if their children are persistent trouble-makers.

In future, youths could be asked to sign acceptable behavioural contracts, promising to stay out of trouble for six months.

In more extreme cases, police and housing officials could apply to magistrates for anti-social behaviour orders.


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