THREE children have been interviewed by police after damage to public toilets in Cheadle. The trio of 12-year-old boys will be referred to Staffordshire Police force's Youth Offending Team. Officers were investigating criminal damage at Tean Road recreation ground after an incident there last week.
Following examination of CCTV footage, the three boys were voluntarily interviewed and passed on to the Youth Offending Team.
The force received a call at around 10am on Monday, January 14 reporting that over the weekend considerable damage had been caused to the toilets at Tean Road Recreation Ground.
PC Richard Leake said “This type of behaviour will not be tolerated in our community and anyone involved, either individually or as part of a group, will be dealt with accordingly.
“We really appreciate the information provided by residents and the on-going support from the local council.”
Cheadle Town Mayor, Ian Plant, said: “The damage was to the toilets, which everybody uses whether they are young or old.
“We would like to work with young people in the town – we’re spending all this money down there to provide facilities for them.
“There are football classes on the rec on Mondays and there’s a youth club in the town now.
“We are trying to do our bit, but they have to reciprocate.
“Hopefully after this they will learn the lesson. We don’t want kids hanging around the streets, but they shouldn’t take it out on a toilet block.
“It does show that the CCTV down there is working and we will bring people to task with help from the police. It’s good that the police have taken action and hopefully this will set an example.”
Anyone with any concerns about anti-social behaviour or criminal damage is their area is asked to contact 101.
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