PUBLISHED: 11:51 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:25 06 May 2010
PARENTS are being asked to check up on their children after youngsters gathering at a popular meeting spot have become victims of crime. Up to 400 youngsters, ranging in age from 13 to 18 have taken to gathering at Windmill Hill in Hitchin on Friday night
PARENTS are being asked to check up on their children after youngsters gathering at a popular meeting spot have become victims of crime.
Up to 400 youngsters, ranging in age from 13 to 18 have taken to gathering at Windmill Hill in Hitchin on Friday nights.
Many of the teenagers have been drinking and there have been reports of assaults and robberies on the vulnerable youngsters.
Last Friday alone an alleged fight and two robberies were reported.
Now police are calling on parents to make sure they know where their children are.
Steve Mann, acting inspector at Hitchin Police Station, said: "On a Friday evening, if your children say they're going to visit friends or going out and about in the town I would ask that parents visit Windmill Hill or drive past because the majority of the children end up there and it's not a safe place to be.
"It's dangerous because youngsters are drinking alcohol and becoming victims of crime.
"If everybody was sober we wouldn't have any crimes.
"Check to make sure your kids are where they say they're going.
"I'm sure most parents wouldn't want their kids hanging around on Windmill Hill."
The danger to youngsters has seen the police divert essential resources to policing the hill on Friday nights.
As well as dealing with robberies, fights and assaults, their duties have included issuing £50 fixed penalty notices to people dropping litter.
Insp Mann was keen to stress that he does not mind teenagers gathering on Windmill Hill but does not want them drinking alcohol or making a mess.
He said: "I've got no problems with them staying there. My main message is please come and enjoy yourself but please do it lawfully. If you choose not to then accept the consequences.
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