Police are appealing for parents to keep their teenage children “out of trouble” this weekend after reports of planned gatherings in Swansea.
South Wales Police is urging parents to “play their part” and asked “do you really know what your children are up to?” ahead of organised meet-ups in Gorseinon, which would be in breach of coronavirus regulations.
The latest Welsh Government guidance allows for up to four people to meet outdoors, although up to 30 people can meet for an “organised activity” such as an exercise class if the necessary safety measures are put in place.
The mass gatherings, organised for the weekend of November 14-15, have been highlighted by Sergeant Lindsey Sweeney of South Wales Police who said anti-social behaviour “will not be tolerated” and that patrols would be increased in the area over the weekend.
Sergeant Sweeney said: “We know the last couple of months have been tough, but we’d ask you to consider the impact anti-social behaviour may have on other people.
“The young person’s safety and preventing further issues are a priority and we would like to make it clear – underage drinking, fires causing criminal damage, fighting and foul and abusive language is all anti-social behaviour and this will not be tolerated.
“As parents or guardians you do have an important and valued role to play – we would ask you do you really know what your children are up to?
“You may feel your child isn’t doing anything wrong but the impact of their behaviour on others can be significant and they could also be breaching covid-19 legislation which is in place to keep everyone safe.
“We are increasing patrols in the area and I would strongly urge parents to reinforce how important it is that the young person behaves responsibly to keep everyone safe when outside of the home.”
A similar warning went out at the end of August when a large gathering was planned in Gorseinon on Monday, August 24.
Teenagers caused “mayhem” at a mass gathering in Swansea in July
In July, around 300 youths poured into a Swansea field for a mass gathering where youths could be heard shouting and swearing.
Residents complained of youths boozing and fighting in Kingsbridge Fields on Friday, July 24.