Teenager behind spate of anti-social behaviour charged with 10 offences

By Ben Fitzgerald - 13 December 2018

Crime

Officers in Wroughton have been cracking down on a group of individuals following a spate of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Over recent months, there have been a number of reports of criminal damage to vehicles and thefts from supermarkets believed to involve the same group of local youths. 

Officers have been investigating the reports and have since charged a 14-year-old boy with five counts of theft at Tesco Express in the Ellendune Centre and five counts of criminal damage to vehicles. He is due at Swindon Youth Court on 15 January 2019.

A second 14-year-old has been cautioned for two theft incidents. 

Local crime investigator James Purcell said: “We are aware of the recent spate of incidents involving youths in Wroughton and we have been working hard to identify those responsible. 

“Last month, we interviewed several people in relation to the ongoing issues and were able to charge one youth for a number of offences.

“I understand that the behaviour of these individuals has had a huge impact on the local community and I am aware that some incidents may have gone unreported due to the victims being too scared to report them to police. 

“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and we will take action, despite the age of those involved. 

“Our work doesn’t stop here however, and we will continue to target those who cause misery to their neighbourhood and will put those responsible before the courts. Our local officers and PCSOs will controlling patrolling the areas and engaging with residents so please do stop and chat to them if you have any concerns.”

Anyone wishing to report anti-social behaviour should call 101. 

If a crime is in progress, call 999.

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