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Police ask young people and parents to act responsibly during Coronavirus outbreak

Police in North Cumbria are urging young people to act responsibly following a number of incidents that occurred yesterday (Tuesday 7 April).

Police were called to the following incidents during a ten hour period.

7 April at 11:40am – Group of five youths together on Seatoller Close, Carlisle. Officers attended youths not located.

7 April at 4:00pm – Report of a group of youths outside Co-op on Central Avenue, Carlisle. Officers attended spoke to staff. Youths had dispersed and patrols in the area reported no issues.

7 April at 5:30pm – BBQ at a property on Botcherby Avenue, Carlisle. Reported.

7 April at 7:20pm – Youths reported to have caused criminal damage to banner at Asda, Kingstown. Youths had dispersed.

7 April at 8:50pm – Report of a group of five people camping in the area of Beckfoot Hall, Kirkby Stephen. Officers attended and spoken to the group from Halifax. Advice given regarding government guidance.

Superintendent Matt Kennerley said: “As we head into the Easter holiday period and as the weather gets nicer we are appealing to parents to speak with their children about what they are doing and the moral responsibility we all have in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“This is not a time for anyone including young people to congregate in large groups and certainly is no excuse to behave in an antisocial manner or commit criminal offences.

“All our communities need to work together and listen to the advice and stay home, to help save lives and not cause further misery to other members of the community by behaving antisocially during an already difficult time.”

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