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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Cumbria police say easter holidays should be enjoyed with respect for all

The Easter Holiday fortnight begins today for many schools in the county and Cumbria Constabulary is encouraging everyone to enjoy the break, but have respect for others.

The Easter break is when many people spend time with family and friends. For others it is the beginning of revision for exams. No matter what your plans, whatever you are doing, please remember to be mindful of others.

Incidents of Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) continue to fall year on year. This has been achieved through multi-agency work with young people, such as the Constabulary’s ‘It’s Your Choice’ Programme, ‘risk taking behaviour,’ inputs to classes in Schools and availability of activities for young people across the county for example, ‘The Friday Night Project’ in West Cumbria and The Carlisle Youth Zone. These initiatives have resulted in young people being more aware, responsible, and respectful of those around them.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “Throughout the county we have worked hard with our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour, running targeted operations in ASB Hot Spot areas, as well as making activities available for young people to engage in. This dedicated, hard work is reflected in the reduction of ASB incidents.

“During this Easter Holiday there are a fantastic range of activities planned across the County, which aim to engage our children and young people. We would encourage our young people and parents to participate and enjoy them.

“We would ask all parents to be aware of what their children are doing and where they are. We would also ask them to discuss with their children how their behaviour could impact on the local community and to consider the consequences of their actions.

‘We would ask our young people to enjoy the break, but respect and consider others in our communities, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.

“We also appeal to residents to be tolerant of groups of children and young people enjoying themselves. We hope that by working together, respecting each other within our communities, that we can all enjoy the Easter holidays.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, said: “Over the last twelve months the levels of antisocial behaviour have gone down, especially in cases involving young people. I support the Constabulary’s initiative in this regard and hope that this progress will be maintained over the Easter holidays.

“We all have to realise that sometimes what we think of as fun and high spirits can cause distress and upset to others. I hope very much that young people will take part in, and enjoy, some of the activities available in their neighbourhood over the holidays.”

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