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Warning to parents of yobs

PUBLISHED: 23:00 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

BAD parents may now be targeted in the war against teenage tearaways, according to a departing police chief who admits juvenile crime is Ipswich's biggest menace.

BAD parents may now be targeted in the war against teenage tearaways, according to a departing police chief who admits juvenile crime is Ipswich's biggest menace.

So says Chief Inspector Alan Pawsey, on the eve of his departure from the Ipswich squad to take up an operational role at Martlesham HQ.

The 46-year-old sector commander admitted 'couldn't care' parents may soon come in the firing line.

He said: "These children don't come out of nowhere, they don't just appear. As one group gets dealt with then another one springs up to take its place."

In the wake of the recent jailing of a mother in Oxford for her son's truancy, Mr Pawsey said: " It is not beyond the realms of possibility that we focus on a particular family."

Bad education and bad parenting was at the root of the problem, he added.

The chief inspector believed his greatest achievement over the past two years had been working with the local authorities to conquer juvenile crime.

He said: "Two years ago it was the expansion in Ipswich night life that was our main focus. Now it is youngsters. But we have worked at getting a more cohesive working relationship with the borough."

Currently police have six ASBOs in the pipeline and seven Acceptable Behavioural Contracts made between the troublesome juveniles and the local authorities.

Mr Pawsey's replacement, Inspector John Fletcher, 38, – who already heads the Town Centre Unit – pledged an extra 18 officers, as part of the Suffolk First initiative, to police some of the area's roughest estates.

He said: "They will support the beat officers to bolster visibility on the estates."

In his new role as Head of Traffic and Support, Mr Pawsey hopes to make an impact on the death toll on Suffolk roads.

He said: "It's far too high. There is a lot of work to be done in the area of road safety."


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