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Teenage crime in Market Deeping results in police request to parents

Parents are being asked if they know where their teenage children are following a spate of anti-social behaviour and crime.

Incidents in the past fortnight have included drinking and rowdy behaviour in the streets, and teenagers climbing on the roofs of sheds and ripping off large pieces of metal.

They culminated on Wednesday last week with a derelict building being set alight, which firefighters had to put out. All the incidents were in the Towngate East area of Market Deeping.

Inspector Ian Martin of Stamford and Deepings police said: "Not only are these young people putting themselves at risk of injury, they have now also committed crimes that could have long-lasting effects on their future careers and lifestyles.

"They are diverting emergency resources from helping people with genuine incidents and fires.

"We would like parents to have conversations with their teenagers to make them aware of how serious the recent incidents have become. It's in everyone's interests to know what they might be doing in the evenings.

"Teenagers can also speak to us. We can put them in touch with other agencies providing alternative places to meet and things to do."

Inspector Ian Martin added that there would be extra police patrols and the Neighbourhood Policing Team would have an increased presence to watch out for further crimes and to reassure residents.

To contact police call 101.

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