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Ilkeston police warn of dangers of social media speculation as they deal with Anti-Social Behaviour in Shipley View.

Posted on 17th November 2016
Ann-Marie-Gregory PC Annie Gregory

Officers have warned residents not to indulge in speculation on social media as they deal with anti-social behaviour on the Shipley View estate in Ilkeston. 

Over the last few weeks the Cotmanhay and Shipley View Safer Neighbourhood Team have been dealing with a number of complaints of anti-social behaviour (ASB) from young people that has included: apples being thrown at properties, for sale signs being smashed and broken, young people  running into people’s gardens, household bins being emptied out onto the streets and fence panels and vehicles being damaged. 

PC Annie Gregory, who is one of the officers from the team dealing with the complaints, said: “We have taken these complaints very seriously as it has clearly been affecting the quality of life for some on the estate. 

“We have worked closely with the local community and the Erewash Borough Council ASB team.  Three young people aged between 15 and 17 years have now been interviewed, along with their parents, and have admitted their part in the behaviour and damage. A team of youth offender workers will now decide on appropriate out of court actions for them. This will be based on rehabilitation and to encourage them to think about the consequences of their actions. 

“In the meantime I would strongly urge people not to get involved in speculation on social media as to who has, or is, involved in such behaviour. This does nothing to help the situation, can lead to more harm being caused to people who are not involved and it's against the law to identify suspects or offenders who are aged 17 and below.

"If people think they have information about the incidents they should contact the team and if they do not want to speak to the police then they can contact Crimestoppers.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Gregory or the team on 101 quoting, alternatively, send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

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