Four youths have been charged over a string of alleged offences in Wishaw and Motherwell.
Officers confirmed that “following extensive police investigations” three 12-year-old children and one 13-year-old have been charged in connection with a number of offences, including fire setting, vandalism, assault and thefts.
A report has been submitted to the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration.
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Wishaw Area Inspector Alan Mulholland told Lanarkshire Live: “We take all reports of criminality seriously and if anyone has been a victim or crime, or has information regarding a police investigation, we would urge you to report it to us.
“We are acutely aware of the disruptive effect that anti-social behaviour can have on a community and are committed to our ongoing efforts regarding diversionary activities.
“It is worth stressing that the vast majority of young people do not come to the attention of police, but we know that a small minority do sometimes become involved in anti-social behaviour and their actions can have a negative impact on the lives of local residents.
“Local officers are working closely with council and other partners to address these issues and find meaningful solutions to divert our young people away from criminality.
“In the meantime, dedicated patrols are being carried out in the area, with officers providing reassurance to the community as well as engaging with young people and discouraging young people away from criminality.
“We are committed to encouraging people away from this kind of behaviour and we will take appropriate action where incidents are reported and offenders identified.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between Tuesday, November 15, and Sunday, January 8.
Insp. Mulholland added: “I would also urge parents and guardians to make sure that they know where their children are, who they are associating with and what they are doing.
“Anyone who has concerns about antisocial behaviour in their area is encouraged to contact police by calling 101 as promptly as possible or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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