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9PM SUMMER HOL CURFEW FOR KIDS.

Byline: By RICHARD SMITH

A POLICE force is imposing a curfew on children under 16 in a tough new bid to crack down on Yob Britain.

Operation Goodnight will see officers send those on the streets after 9pm home.

Under-10s will have an 8pm deadline.

Parents face punishment if their children are caught breaking the curfew.

It will apply during the school summer holidays, from July 25 until September 7, in parts of Redruth, Cornwall. Letters are being sent to more than 700 families in the Close Hill area. A Devon and Cornwall Police said: "If the parents refuse to accept their child is ignoring the curfew, they themselves could be the subject of official parenting orders." Residents' group member Ann Mitchell said: "I applaud this."

Beat manager PC Marc Griffin said: "It is about time parents started to take responsibility for their own children."

But parents had mixed feelings. Nicki Summers, 37, a mum of two teenage boys, said: "It's the same few every time and their parents are just as bad. The more police action the better." But one dad said: "What they need is more police on the beat."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2008
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