Gangs of up to 20 schoolchildren as young as NINE are plaguing retail park on their scooters and abusing shoppers and staff as police vow to hunt down troublemakers

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Children seen around Alexandra Retail Park, Staffordshire, 'swearing' at locals

By Summer Goodkind

Published: 07:48 EST, 12 February 2024 | Updated: 07:54 EST, 12 February 2024

Gangs of up to 20 schoolchildren have been plaguing a retail park and abusing shoppers and staff - with police now vowing to track the troublemakers down.

Children as young as nine have been seen around Alexandra Retail Park, in Tunstall, Staffordshire, 'swearing and shouting' at locals.

Police have now informed parents about the 'anti-social behaviour' and warned children caught will be barred from the shops.

Cops added that they are in the process of identifying the children and have footage through which they will confer with local schools.

A number of the incidents reported involve 'young lads' on pushbikes, scooters and foot, they said.

Police estimate that the age of the children ranges from nine to 16.

Children as young as nine have been seen around Alexandra Retail Park, in Tunstall, Staffordshire, (pictured) 'swearing and shouting' at locals

A number of the incidents reported involve 'young lads' on pushbikes, scooters and foot, police said (stock image)

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: 'We have noticed an increase in the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour around the retail parks in Tunstall. 

'A number of the incidents involve groups of up to 20 young lads on pushbikes, scooters, and on foot. The ages range from nine to 16. The police have footage of the youths and will be identifying them through the local schools.

'A number of these individuals think it is acceptable to swear and shout at staff in front of customers who are often with young children. They have been refusing to leave when asked by staff.

'Shop workers do not go to work to be abused or intimidated. 

'It is often only a few of the group that cause the issues, however if your child is in the group, even if they are just hanging around watching what others are doing, they will be barred from the shops. 

'These businesses are private property and they can ban any child who is deemed to be, or is likely to be, involved in anti-social behaviour. Often the police will issue these banning notices on behalf of the business premises.

'If your child goes out in a group please advise them that they may find themselves barred if they are in the groups currently causing issues. Your child may also be asked for their name and address by a PCSO.'

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