Police in Salisbury are urging parents to ensure they take responsibility for their children after incidents involving a small group of youths in the city during the festive period. 

Two youths were caught on camera hanging on to the back of a moving bus, putting themselves, and other road users’ at risk. 

Two youths were caught on camera hanging on to the back of a moving bus, putting themselves, and other road users’ at risk. 

The local community policing team issued Section 35 dispersal orders were made on several occasions to prevent continued harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public.

On 29 December, a dispersal order issued for the city centre ensured anyone caught acting in an anti-social manner would be directed to leave the area. Failure to do so would result in arrest.

The order was made after youths were throwing café chairs in Winchester Street, being abusive to staff in McDonald’s and refusing to leave, and another report of youths being abusive to staff at Sprinkles shop.

On 2 January, a dispersal order for the city centre was issued after more reports that youths were being threatening and abusive to customers inside and outside McDonalds, fighting in the street preventing cars from passing near Burger King, causing damage in the Old George Mall and grabbing hold of moving vehicles.

Acting Inspector John Hutchings said: “All of these incidents were in daytime when shops and businesses are open.”

“The behaviour of these youths will have been in full view of passing public.

“The behaviour of this small group of youths – some of whom are believed to be as young as 10 – has been a persistent problem throughout the holiday period and the orders have been put in place to prevent more distress to our local community.

“The actions of this particular group has overshadowed Christmas for many.” 

A video of two youths holding on to the back of a bus was an example of mindless and reckless behaviour. Two boys were clinging to the back of the bus while it was stationary and continued to hang on as it started moving.

The driver was unaware and only stopped when a passing motorist flagged the driver down.

Acting Inspector John Hutchings warned: “Parents whose children are regularly out and about in the city centre should ensure they know where they are and how they are behaving. It is unacceptable for a child to think this behaviour is normal or acceptable. We must act collectively to discourage it.”

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