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Surrey Police say schools shutting is not an excuse for antisocial behaviour

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Surrey Police say schools shutting is not an excuse for antisocial behaviour

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:30pm 19th March 2020. (Updated at 3:40pm 19th March 2020)

As schools in Surrey and Hampshire get ready to shut because of the coronavirus outbreak police are asking parents to keep an eye on their children's behaviour.

Officers in Spelthorne say they are seeing a large number of reports regarding large groups of young people behaving antisocially. 

They are telling parents to make sure their children are taking social distancing measures seriously. 

In a post on Facebook, Spelthorne Police said parents should talk to their children about their behaviour: 

"If your child is being asked to stay off school this is not an excuse for them to go out and cause anti-social behaviour in the community and cause more upset and distress to members of the public who like us all are trying to manage the current situation in the best way possible.

"Your child should be at home during school hours and should be adhering to the social distancing requests made by the Government at this time.

"The social distancing requests will apply to all young people when all schools in the country shut on Friday afternoon.

"Please talk to your children about what is expected of them during this difficult time and advise them that should they be found responsible for any anti-social behaviour or criminal acts they will be dealt with."