Police in Horsham will target youths smoking cannabis and anti-social behaviour as officers step up patrols across the town centre.
During the patrols, officers will target areas where youths are known to gather and will take ‘robust action’ against offenders.
PC James Munden said: “Large groups of youths can be intimidating and there has recently been evidence that they have been linked to criminal damage, shoplifting and drug abuse.
“It is important that parents and guardians know the whereabouts of their children and are aware of the negative impact that large groups roaming the streets can have on the local community.”
Council workers, anti-social behaviour case workers and youth workers will be supporting police in the increased patrols.
Anyone with concerns about children and drugs can contact the West Sussex Young Persons’ Substance Misuse Service on 0300 303 8677, option 1, or 07779 339954. They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone witnessing anti-social behaviour or with information about those responsible can email email@example.com or call 101. In an emergency, ring 999.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)
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