Police urge Hawes residents to report anti-social behaviour

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Police have urged Hawes residents to help them tackle a spate of anti-social behaviour in the town.

The problems are understood to include criminal damage to public toilets and cars, removing Christmas decorations and knocking on doors and running away.

North Yorkshire Police’s Dales neighbourhood policing team has urged local residents to report issues when they occur.

A spokesperson added: “We have received third-hand reports that a group of unknown youths are causing anti-social behaviour around Hawes.

“We believe this has included door knocking, removing and damaging Christmas decorations and potentially causing criminal damage to the public toilets and residents cars. We are led to believe that all the youths are local and therefore that they are identifiable.

“However, we need local residents to phone these incidents in first-hand at the time of occurrence and with details of what and where – without this information we are unable to deal with matters effectively.

“All calls made to us are dealt with in the strictest of confidence and with absolute discretion so please do not feel worried of repercussions should you report individuals to us.

“We would like to deal with these offenders as robustly as possible, as we are aware of the misery and even fear that this type of ASB can cause, but we need facts and details in order to deal with these incidences – which is where we need your assistance in you coming forward.”

Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council chair Jill McMullon has also spoken out against the behaviour after reporting issues to North Yorkshire Police.

She added: “I think that this sort of behaviour, especially in a time of national crisis, is wholly unacceptable.

“I would ask those youths responsible think of others for once and not just their own boredom.”