POLICE investigating yobbish behaviour in Kirkheaton have charged a boy of 14 with assault.

The Marsden boy has been accused of three assaults - including two on bus drivers - in a clampdown by police in the area.

Teams of police have been out in the village dealing with groups of youths suspected of anti-social behaviour.

They were supported by the West Yorkshire Police video van, which films youngsters in the streets.

The move follows a similar operation in Marsh, when police mounted extensive patrols after complaints by residents and traders over problems.

Letters have been sent to the parents of more than 100 young people in the area, urging them not to let their children congregate in large gangs in places were they were likely to intimidate shoppers and staff by their presence.

But Insp Dave Barnett, of Huddersfield police, also urged residents to be tolerant, because most of the youngsters did not cause any problems.

He said: "We are trying to find things in the area for youngsters to do.

"We continue to work closely with Royds Hall and Salendine Nook high schools, along with organisations such as Kirklees Council's Young People's Services and its Anti-Social Behaviour Unit."