Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Hooray parents treat Police as baby sitters

A warning today from Police in Cornwall to the parents of thousands of youngsters who regularly cause trouble on the beachs of the County over the summer. But we're not talking about 'the usual suspects'. Nope, the problems comes from the public school set - the hoorays or snob-yobs as they're known round here.

Every summer, thousands of well off young people spend a goodly portion of their holidays in places such as Polzeath and Rock on the North Cornish coast. And every evening they congregate on the beaches with crates of beer and uncontrolled barbeques. It creates havoc for the local residents and no end of work for the local Police who end up having to escort drunk kids home. The Police have likened their role to creche leaders.

Warnings in schools and dispersal zones have all been tried without great success and so the Police are now saying they will target the parents under the 1933 Children and Young Persons Act. However, this Act can only be used where a young person is exposed to danger by the parent and so seems a bit of a long shot to me.

It's difficult to know what to do. Cornwall relies on tourism income and so does not want to portray an unwelcoming image, but there is no doubt that the loud and troublesome parties turn off some families and annoy the locals.

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