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Youngsters worry residents

PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 March 2010

'PARENTS! - please keep an eye on your kids' is the cry from one Kesgrave couple.

Glen and Lucy Mures from Bugsby Way in the town have reached the end of their tether with gangs of youngsters who gather near their home at night.

'PARENTS! – please keep an eye on your kids' is the cry from one Kesgrave couple.

Glen and Lucy Mures from Bugsby Way in the town have reached the end of their tether with gangs of youngsters who gather near their home at night.

The last straw for the young couple, they claim, was when a group of around 12 teenagers carrying pellet guns and planks of wood began to congregate outside.

Although Mrs Mures said the police turned up straight away to talk to the group, and no damage was done to anywhere, she believes that parents should be made aware of what their children are up to at night.

Rather than just being seen as someone who wants to move youngsters away, she is hoping that something positive can be done to give children something to do and somewhere to go.

She is also concerned that children are wondering the street with parents seemingly unaware of where they are or what they are doing.

Community policeman Nick Day said he has sent seven letters to parents in the last week advising parents what their children are doing.

Mrs Mures, 29, said that she and her 32-year-old husband have been putting up with the youngsters for the past few years but in the last couple of weeks the problems have escalated.

She said: "In the first couple of years we lived here it was just kids throwing stones at the house.

"The police were brilliant about it and on one occasion a parent actually brought their child round to apologise.

"But since Christmas we have had really bad problems."

Mrs Mures said that she has spoken to the youngsters herself on a number of occasions and claims that they are usually very polite and apologetic – but the problem doesn't stop.

She said: "The parents need to take some responsibility for their children.

"When I have spoken to some of the children they have said that their parents probably don't even know where they are or what they are doing.

"They are not bad kids but what they are doing does worry me."

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