Parents urged to question why their children are still going out on an evening?

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Police are urging parents to question their children if they are going out on an evening during the current coronavirus epidemic when we are all supposed to be staying at home and following Government guidelines to protect the NHS and save lives.

PCSO Hancock made the plea following a fire on Lindow Common on Thursday, 26th March, which is believed to have been started deliberately by youths.

She visited the Common yesterday morning (Friday, 27th March), following reports that youths were out the night before setting a fire.

PCSO Hancock said "We've had local residents out picking up glass, what we believe to be cannabis butts and alcohol bottles."

She added "Why is this not acceptable at this moment in time? We know it's not acceptable full stop but at this moment in time incidents like this cause a great demand on the NHS. They cause a great demand for the fire and they cause a demand for us which absolutely we do not want to be responding to in this current climate.

"So if there had been an accident last night what that would have meant was that somebody would have ended up in hospital taking up a bed of somebody who may have needed it.

"So please please please if your children are leaving the house in the evening question why they are going out. Do they know the consequences?

"Maybe somebody does know who it was and we can be having strong word with them."

Anyone with information about this incident should call 101.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Marilyn and Brian Connolly
Saturday 28th March 2020 at 2:13 pm
They shouldn't be going out at all !!!!

Parents need to question why they are allowing their children to go out, not why the children are going out. It is the responsibility of the parents to keep their children in, and not just in the evening.

While out on our one-a-day exercise walk this morning we saw two groups of children cycling around without an adult and they were paying no attention to the 2 metre rule.

This is irresponsible parenting and not the fault of the children. We are not anti-children; we have teenage grandchildren but they are obeying the rules because that is the way they have been brought up.
Marcia McGrail
Wednesday 1st April 2020 at 8:39 pm
Some people don't believe things they can't see with their own eyes and they teach this to their equally insensitive children.
We used to call them 'doubting Thomas' but this was deemed offensive to Thomas. So that was that.
David Smith
Thursday 2nd April 2020 at 10:55 am
It's not just this virus. It's everything else of a 'no good' nature that people - and young children in particular - get up to. Things like leaving your car for as long as you want half on a pavement, blocking someone's driveway or IN a cycle lane, ignoring speed limits and driving around town with the car engine/exhaust making as much noise as possible. Plus smoking/drugs at a young age, making graffiti, damaging property, leaving litter and general anti-social behaviour, possibly after alcohol, which annoys others.