Police patrols are being stepped up in Llanfairpwll to tackle a surge in anti-social behaviour.
It follows concerns from local residents over large gatherings in the village along with vandalism, underage drinking and drug abuse.
Over the past month, groups of up to a hundred have been congregating at weekends – evidence has also emerged of teenagers staying out until as late as 3am.
The local football club, CPD Llanfairpwll, has also been targeted by vandals with damage reported at its Maes Elian ground.
Officers will now patrol key parts of the village on an ad-hoc basis following a meeting with Llanfairpwll Community Council.
They’re also considering bringing in a dispersal order to break up large gatherings – anyone who fails to comply could be arrested.
Area Support Sergeant Ian Roberts said some of the youths involved were believed to be from other parts of Anglesey and Gwynedd: ”Young people congregating and socialising is undoubtedly a part of life, however, when the behaviour of any person, young or adult, escalates to public order, criminal damage, alcohol and drug abuse…clearly these offences will have an impact on the quality of life of residents.”
”As a policing team, we are also concerned regarding the risks these young people are exposing themselves to – unfortunately, sexual and criminal exploitation of young people is a real risk.”
“I would also suggest that children may not be where their parents believe them to be, therefore I would urge parents to check the whereabouts of their children to ensure they are safe.”
”We are committed to delivering safer neighbourhoods and to make North Wales the safest place in the UK.”