Children as young as 12 arrested on the Isle of Wight for causing trouble

A number of arrests were made at the weekend in Newport and police say they will take robust action when needed to, as anti-social behaviour has a dramatic impact on the wider community in public spaces.

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Police share this latest news. Ed

Officers from Newport’s Neighbourhood Policing Team have made a number of arrests following reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the town over the weekend.

We’ve also been carrying out regular patrols in key locations like Church Litten, the bus station, and St James’ Street as part of Operation Varney, our ongoing response to ASB in Newport.

Friday night arrests
At around 8:50pm on Friday 4 January officers were called to a report of anti-social behaviour on St James’ Street. While officers were speaking to those present a teenager kicked the window of the GAME store.

A 16 year-old boy from Newport was arrested on suspicion of attempted criminal damage and was subsequently de-arrested, but remains under investigation. He was also served with a dispersal notice. During our attendance a teenager assaulted a police officer.

A 16 year old girl from Wroxall was arrested on suspicion of assault and obstructing police and has been released under investigation. The officer was not seriously hurt.

Abusive behaviour
On Saturday 5 January shortly after 7:30pm a teenager was seen to be shouting and swearing at police officers in Church Litten.

A 15 year-old boy from Newport was later arrested on suspicion of assault and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress. He was released without charge, but remains under investigation.

More arrests
Later in the evening we received reports of teenagers being abusive and throwing around items of stock at the Morrisons store on South Street.

A number of teenagers were subsequently arrested. They included:

A 13 year-old boy from Carisbrooke was arrested at around 9:40pm on South Street on suspicion of breaching a section 35 dispersal order. He was released without charge, but remains under investigation.

A 15 year-old boy from Cowes and a 16 year-old boy from Newport were arrested at around 9:45pm on Scarrots Lane on suspicion of breaching a section 35 dispersal order. They were both released without charge, but remain under investigation.

At around 6:10pm on Sunday 6 January we received reports of teenagers throwing objects at passing vehicles from a roof on St James’ Street. No-one was hurt.

Four boys, all aged 12, from Newport, Northwood, and Sandown were arrested on suspicion of causing danger to road users and criminal damage. They have been released from custody without charge, but remain under investigation.

Insp. Abel: “We will take robust action”
Inspector Rob Abel said:

“We have a number of powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and these include: community resolutions, dispersal orders, fixed penalty notices, acceptable behaviour contracts, and criminal behaviour orders.

“However as was demonstrated this weekend, we will take robust action when we need to as anti-social behaviour has a dramatic impact on the wider community in public spaces.

“We consider all options available to us, and will seek to find a solution in the first instance that doesn’t necessarily result in a criminal outcome. However, when recurring problems present themselves we are left with fewer options available to us.

“The far preferable thing is for us to actually approach people and have a conversation, discuss the issues, and ask them to refrain from being anti-social. By resolving the issue at the time it benefits all parties involved. People do need to realise though that we do have specific powers to deal with anti-social behaviour and we will use these if the situation requires it, or if someone is persistently causing a problem.

“We introduced our response to anti-social behaviour in Newport’s town centre, Operation Varney, in May 2018. During this time we have increased our patrols in the area and specifically targeted locations in following reports made to us and what the Neighbourhood Policing Team officers have observed. Many of these issues occur in the late afternoon or early evening, so officers make sure that they are in the area to keep an eye on what’s happening.

“We’ve been working closely with partner agencies as part of the Community Safety Partnership to address anti-social behaviour, as this is not always a police matter. We have been reviewing CCTV and Body Worn Video (BWV) footage to enable us to identify those we believe to have been involved. This allows the most appropriate agency to visit the person or, if they are a child, their family to discuss different options available to resolve the issues being caused.

“It’s important to remember that anti-social behaviour can be caused by people of all ages, but I would ask parents to speak to their children about what is acceptable, especially if they are meeting friends in Newport’s town centre.

“If you see anyone causing a public order issue or anti-social behaviour in the town please call us at the time. Don’t think that someone else will report the problem. We need you to report any incidents to us, so that we can build a complete picture of what is happening in the town centre. You can do this by visiting the Hampshire Constabulary website or calling 101.”

Operation Varney
Operation Varney is our response to anti-social behaviour in Newport’s town centre, including the Church Litten and bus station area in the centre of the town.

This is an ongoing priority for Newport’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and our colleagues in the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership.

If anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of life, or making you fear for your safety or the safety of others, there are people who can help. You can contact the police, your local council Community Safety Department or, if relevant, your housing provider. These partner agencies have a role to play in reducing anti-social behaviour, supporting the most vulnerable and dealing with the people responsible.

Anti-social behaviour is an incident that may not necessarily be a criminal offence, where the behaviour of an individual or group causes or is likely to cause:

  • Harassment, alarm or distress to any person, not of the same household
  • Another party feeling personally threatened
  • Creates a public nuisance or detrimental impact upon the environment
  • Has a detrimental effect upon the quality of life of an individual or the community as a whole.

Advice for parents
If you have children under the age of 18 please help us by following this advice:

  • Before they go out, find out what your children are doing, where they are going, and when and how they will be getting home.
  • Sometimes children do not consider the consequences of their actions, so ask them to think about whether they could be causing distress to others, damaging the environment or putting themselves in danger.
  • Often children do not need to buy alcohol, they take it from home without their parents’ knowledge. Keep alcohol in a safe place and keep a check on how much you have, so that you will know if any goes missing.
  • Young people are also often the victims of disorder, so if you or your child experience anti-social behaviour, make sure you report it to the police. We cannot send officers to every incident, but if you let us know what is happening in your area, we can make sure our resources are targeted effectively.

Image: West Midlands Police under CC BY 2.0

Monday, 7th January, 2019 6:11pm



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8 Comments on "Children as young as 12 arrested on the Isle of Wight for causing trouble"

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Rather than releasing the young people shouldn’t the police keep them at the Police Station and get their parents to come and collect them.
If they had to keep coming to collect their children then I’m sure that the parents would soon get the message and if not then the police could deal with the parents as well.


Good idea, but do we have enough police available to supervise this kind of solution? Rumour has it that at times there are only nine on duty for the whole island.

As an option to the usual ‘nick them, charge them and release them’ isn’t it time that those who damage property in the name of fun are forced to pay back the true costs of their actions? At the moment IF one of these kids are sent to Court they will get a stupid binding order or sent to some ridiculous ‘training’ scheme, fined a few quid… Read more »
Robust….? Sadly what is described above, “dispersal order”, “released without charge”, “de-arrested” is neither robust nor effective. How’s about a criminal record which will significantly affect that individuals future, justice in the form of community service as well as naming and shaming the offenders…? Parents having to collect their child is a great idea and parenting is a critical factor in child’s behaviours…dealing with the parents as… Read more »

How should the extra police needed be funded? Which other service should be cut to provide the money?

Stuart George

There wouldn’t need to be extra police. Once parents found out about the scheme, then hopefully that would act as a deterrent and there’d be less arrests, with all the paperwork involved.


Key word above is “hopefully”. Hope on.

Mark L Francis

We should shove sparrows down their throats until the beaks stick pout of their oesophaguses then split their noses opn with a boat hook. That, or probation. It’s their choice.