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Drunk youths causing chaos in Featherstone

Councillor John Jackson is seriously concerned about the number of youths that are drinking, getting drunk and generally causing a nuisance around Featherstone town centre, on most nights of the week. Despite a police crackdown.
Pictured L to R) Watch Commander Adam Smith, Crew Commander Jane Lingard, PCSO Paul McKimm, Town Councillor John Jackson.
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Councillor John Jackson is seriously concerned about the number of youths that are drinking, getting drunk and generally causing a nuisance around Featherstone town centre, on most nights of the week. Despite a police crackdown. Pictured L to R) Watch Commander Adam Smith, Crew Commander Jane Lingard, PCSO Paul McKimm, Town Councillor John Jackson. p315c410

Drunken youths are acting in an anti-social manner and leaving empty bottles strewn across the streets of Featherstone.

Featherstone town councillor John Jackson says the teenagers spend most nights drinking at the bottom of Station Lane and around the Girnhill Lane precinct near the Lidl store.

CounJackson said the youths were making a nuisance of themselves by shouting and swearing and that the problem has recently been getting worse.

He is also concerned that the number of incidents will increase as the warmer, summer months approach.

He said: “This has been going on for the last few months. Officers stepped up patrols and things got better. But now the young people are back. They are drinking, swearing and shouting, they leave their lager cans and bottles all over the place.

“It is every night of the week practically.

“It is a minority of the group who are causing the problems but a big group of drunk teenagers is intimidating to many people. Lots of elderly people won’t like walking past them and that isn’t right.

“The other question you have to consider is where are the young people getting the alcohol from in the first place? They are obviously getting it from somewhere and this is an issue that needs resolving as well.

“This problem needs sorting before the nights get lighter and warmer otherwise it will only get worse.

“The police are doing what they can – but whoever is giving the kids the booze needs to consider what they are doing. Parents also need to make sure they know where their children are.”

The Normanton and Featherstone neighbourhood police team (NPT) has made the issue a PACT priority. Anyone who has any information about who supplies alcohol to underage drinkers should call the NPT on 101.

 

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