POLICE are reminding young people in Thornbury what is expected of them following spates of anti-social behaviour in the town.

Increased patrols have taken place over the past few months to combat the problems, but officers have said that the responsibility first lies with the young people and their parents to understand their responsibilities in terms of behaviour, social awareness and personal safety.

PCSO Tony Blackmore said: “We want to ensure people feel confident to keep themselves safe and away from danger, crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind parents to make arrangements for your children to be collected from any extracurricular activities, and to be aware of where their children are after school and into the evenings, in order to keep them safe.”

He reminded young people the consequences of drinking alcohol, taking illegal drugs or unknown substances, saying they can have a big impact on health and safety, behaviour and the ability to perform in school, as well as enjoying other interests and activities.

He added: “Carrying a knife will get you a criminal record which can have life-long effects on travel and job prospects. Those who carry knives are also much more likely to be injured by them.

“If your friend breaks the law, you may also be held responsible for that crime – even if you weren’t the one directly responsible.”