Teens arrested

Police tackle juvenile nuisance at cinema complex

Fourteen young people found themselves in trouble with police this past weekend.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service carried out an operation this weekend aimed at reducing juvenile nuisance taking place at the Marquee Complex on Laurence Boulevard.

Officers from Uniform, Traffic, Uniform Support Group and Operation Octopus targeted the area on Saturday evening following reports that large numbers of unsupervised juveniles were gathering and causing some disturbances.

As a result of the operation 14 youths, of which 12 were juveniles, were arrested for various offences.

The arrests included the following:

• A 16-year-old boy on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

• A 19-year-old boy on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug.

• A 15-year-old boy on suspicion of consuming a controlled drug.

• An 18-year-old man on suspicion of being in possession of and consuming a controlled drug.

• A 16-year-old boy on suspicion of being in possession of and consuming a controlled drug.

• A further nine juveniles were taken to the George Town Police Station to be handed into the custody of their parents.

‘The RCIPS wants to work with parents and youngsters to address these issues and I urge all guardians to take an interest in where their children go, who they associate with and what they are doing whilst they are on their own,’ said Inspector Anthony White, who led the operation. ‘Parents must realise that it is unacceptable to leave their children at the Marquee Complex unsupervised. In the absence of any direct and mature supervision, some adolescents are prone to deviance and delinquency.’

PC Melisa Warren is working hard to build links with the community to address these issues in a multi-agency approach.

‘This is a common problem among juveniles who find themselves bored and associating with the wrong company. This can lead to bigger problems in the future and we want to do all we can to prevent this happening by working with parents and other agencies,’ she said.

Anyone wanting advice or information is asked to contact PC Warren on 949-4222.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). Everyone calling crime stoppers remains anonymous, and is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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