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Youth parliament member calls on police to tackle anti-social behaviour

Dmitrijs Meiksans, Youth Parliament Member for North West Hampshire, has shared a letter addressed to local politicians with Love Andover to condone anti-social behaviour, calling upon Hampshire Police to bring perpetrators to justice.

His letter is addressed to civic leaders and argues that anti-social behaviour should not be tolerated in Andover.

Dmitrijs tells Love Andover that he fell victim to anti-social behaviour at Waterloo Court last night, (3rd August 2021), when his bike was stolen from a bike rack.

“Anti-social behaviour continues to storm this town. Last night, yet another disgraceful show of what a minority of young people are capable of doing was committed, and unfortunately this time, I, myself, fell victim to it,” writes Dmitrijs.

A witness reportedly saw “a group of 12-13-year-olds walking down the court.”

“A member of the public captured a photo of this group – the witnesses confirmed that that were the people they saw walking down. The post described them to be shouting, smoking, vaping and harassing members of the public, physically and verbally,” states Dmitrijs.

He is now calling for anti-social behaviour to be challenged, calling upon the police to identify the young people and bring them to justice.

“This kind of behaviour should absolutely not be tolerated, and I frankly disgusted and enraged at the actions of these young people. They have put a great deal of shame on such an inspirational and passionate group of people. I call upon the police to do everything in their power to ensure that these young people are identified and brought to justice,” concludes Dmitrijs.

Hampshire Constabulary’s statement said: “We received a report at 8.35pm on Tuesday 3rd August that a bicycle had been stolen from a cycle rack at Waterloo Court, Andover.

“The matter has currently been filed pending further lines of enquiry becoming available and will be reviewed by the local neighbourhood policing team.”

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should call 101 quoting reference 44210308526.

The civic leaders addressed include Cllr Phil North (Leader of Test Valley Borough Council), Kit Malthouse MP (Minister for Crime and Policing), Donna Jones PCC (Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and IOW), and Chief Inspector Kory Thorne (Test Valley District Commander).

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