POLICE are clamping down on a group of youths in Teignmouth after a spate of violence and anti-social disorder in the town.

Civil Injunctions have been issued against five youths following a sustained period of anti-social behaviour, disorder and violence in Teignmouth.

The youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were responsible for attacking innocent people, intimidating members of the public, acting with a ‘pack’ mentality and using threatening and abusive behaviour on a regular basis.

The orders have been issued with the following conditions:

Not to associate together in both public and private places.

Not to use abusive language and engage in anti-social behaviour, threatening or violent behaviour or engaging others to do so.

Three of the five individuals are also prevented from entering the town of Teignmouth.

PC Matt JACQUES, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Teignmouth, said: ‘We identified that the youths in question were responsible for a significant level of anti-social behaviour and disorder in Teignmouth over the past two years.

‘The orders are the culmination of the police and public working together to provide sufficient evidence for them to be issued.

‘The orders last for 12 months and show that this type of behaviour in Teignmouth will not be tolerated.

‘They have also been issued with a power of arrest and any breaches of the orders will be dealt with robustly.’

Devon and Cornwall Polices Force Legal Representative, Ashley Williams, said: ‘We have worked with local officers and partner agencies to bring these orders to fruition.

‘They send a strong message to the community and show that the police will deal with disorderly behaviour effectively.’

Teignmouth’s new Mayor, Peter Williams, was delighted with the outcome of the court process.

He said: ‘This is really positive for the residents of Teignmouth and allows locals to feel safer here.

‘It is also good news for the traders in Teignmouth who saw businesses affected by the behaviour of this group.’

The orders run until October 29 of next year and can be extended should there be any reoccurrences from the group.