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 Do you know where your children are and what they’re doing?

 12/11/2019

​Do you know where your children are and what they’re doing?


That’s the question police are asking parents following a spate of antisocial behaviour in Darlington.


Over recent weeks, groups of children have been throwing items at passing vehicles across the town. Some of the items thrown include eggs, conkers, paint and even firecrackers.


On Sunday evening (November 10) at around 8pm, a group of youths began threatening the driver of an Arriva bus that was parked up outside Burger King in the town centre.


They repeatedly pressed the emergency button to the bus could not drive off, and squared up so the driver and threatened to hit him.


On Saturday (November 9) at around 3.50pm, a group of four teenagers were also seen throwing fireworks in the park on Emley Moor Road. There were children in the park at the time, but thankfully nobody was injured.


Inspector Chris Knox, from Darlington Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “This is not just a case of ‘kids being kids’ – throwing items at moving cars can have serious, and potentially fatal consequences.


“Threatening bus drivers who are simply doing their job is not acceptable, and neither is throwing fireworks in a public park, in the middle of the afternoon when children are around.


“The parents of the teenagers involved in these incidents need to take some responsibility for the actions of their children. It is completely unacceptable behaviour and we will not tolerate it.


“The driver of the bus was visibly shaken when officers arrived on scene. We are reviewing the CCTV from the bus and local authority CCTV and will be paying a visit to those who we identify as being involved in the incident.


“Likewise, we also have names of those who were throwing the fireworks so will be taking action against them as well.


“I would urge parents to take some responsibility for the actions of their children and teach them that this is not acceptable behaviour.”


Anyone with any information on antisocial behaviour in their area should contact Durham Constabulary on 101.