Arrests following successful Dickens Night

Monday, 3rd February 2014

Following a very successful evening back in December, enjoyed by more people than ever before, a group of youths gathered in the bus station, Atherstone were involved in a violent disorder.

Atherstone Safer Neighbourhood Team, assisted by Special Constables and the North Warwickshire reactive shift, dealt with a number of youths directly involved at the time.

Following further investigation after the event, by viewing town centre CCTV and taking statements from witnesses, a number of youths have been arrested. All those arrested have been cautioned for public order offences. One of those arrested received a conditional caution which means he will have to engage with the Youth Offending Service in regard to his behaviour.

Twenty further youths were identified after the event as being involved to a lesser extent in the disorder. The parents of these youths are currently being contacted by PC’s Leon Carter and Louise Baxter and appointments are being arranged in order to speak with these youths and provide them with an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) in order to curb the possibility of any future disturbances.

Atherstone Safer Neighbourhood Team officer PC Leon CARTER said “We will not tolerate this type of behaviour in Atherstone and will work together with partner agencies to bring those responsible for violence in our town to justice. Those involved in tainting what was a very enjoyable evening for visitors to the town on Dickens Night, are still being dealt with and will continue to be monitored for the foreseeable future.”