Town’s teenagers at risk of anti-social behaviour

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TEENAGERS in Gosport are most at risk of becoming victims of anti-social behaviour, say police.

The Gosport Community Safety Partnership revealed young people aged between 12 and 18 are the most likely targets.

And those most likely to cause problems are aged between 18 and 30.

But the amount of anti-social behaviour reported in Gosport actually decreased by 15.6 per cent.

Between April 2009 and March 2010, there were 2,791 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported in Gosport. In the same period the year before, it was 3,299.

A meeting of the partnership – attended by Gosport’s Borough Commander, Chief Inspector Jason Kenny – also heard how the youngest person dealt with for anti-social behaviour was five years old.

The child was reported after a dispute between neighbours.

The oldest person reported for a crime was 85, after an incident of racial harassment.

Ch Insp Kenny told residents: ‘We have been set some really severe targets by the police authority and we have been extremely successful in all areas.

‘Crime is going in the right direction – down.’