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TWO TEENAGERS BANNED FROM SHOPPING CENTRE
Two teenage girls have been banned from Hart Shopping Centre in Fleet Hampshire following reports of criminal behaviour. The girls aged 13 and 14 from Fleet and Church Crookham had their case referred to the local Youth Offending Team Joint Decision Making Panel and have now been enrolled on a 16 week Youth Diversion Programme to help with their behaviour.
The ban follows reports of criminal damage, an assault on an emergency worker, burglary, malicious communications and racially aggravated criminal damage which all occurred between 24th August and 24th September.
Below: Hart Shopping Centre in Fleet Hampshire.
Fleet Police Sergeant Geoff Hill said:
Since September, our officers have carried out dedicated undercover and uniform patrols to target anti-social behaviour and other criminality in Fleet town centre.
This has been a focus for our team as we know that anti-social behaviour and the associated criminality that goes with it makes life miserable for local people and businesses. But please be reassured that criminal behaviour in Fleet will not be tolerated and those that choose to commit crime in the area will be dealt with.
We are continuing to work closely with our partner organisations and our team is committed to making Fleet a safe area for those that work, live, and visit. We are working hard to make the town centre a hostile environment for those that wish to cause disruption and commit crime.
Our officers will continue to carry out visible patrols in the area and I want to encourage residents to report any incidents via 101 or on our website. If it is an emergency, or a crime is in progress, dial 999 immediately.
The two girls will be allocated a Youth Offending Team Officer while undertaking the 16 week course which it is hoped will prevent them from reoffending.