A missed opportunity

PUBLISHED: 11:34 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 May 2010

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PARENTS who failed to turn up at an event aimed at trying to curb anti-social behaviour among youngsters in Sandy have been slammed by police. Police and 25 other organisations including the Sandy Community Forum had called the meeting at Sandy Upper Scho

PARENTS who failed to turn up at an event aimed at trying to curb anti-social behaviour among youngsters in Sandy have been slammed by police.

Police and 25 other organisations including the Sandy Community Forum had called the meeting at Sandy Upper School last Wednesday night as part of Operation Occlude.

The operation has been running for several months as police try to reduce the problems of anti-social behaviour among teenagers in the town under the banner Am I Bovvered?

Five hundred invitations to the meeting were sent out to make parents aware of police concerns. But just 10 people turned up.

"It was intended to be a night when parents could air their views and the police and other agencies could give their points of view," said the officer leading Operation Occlude, Sgt Ted Bloodworth.

"We were asking the youth of Sandy whether they were bovvered. Now we are asking whether the parents themselves are bovvered about anti-social behaviour in their town.

"By the number of people who turned up they are obviously not bovvered yet a lot of work and time went into organising the meeting which was for the benefit of Sandy and its young people.

"We want to reduce anti-social behaviour and youth crime in Sandy and the parents can do so much to help us."

Sgt Bloodworth was attempting to discover what young people wanted to do in Sandy at night instead of roaming the streets and upsetting residents with their anti-social behaviour.

"We missed a great chance to try and solve some of the problems surrounding troublesome teenagers in Sandy," added Sgt Bloodworth.

"But we haven't given up. Our plan to reduce ant-social behaviour will now be taken into schools in the area and with the help of teachers we will get the message over."

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