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Police have seized knives from feuding youths in Derby who are organising brawls with metal poles and are aged as young as just 12.
Greg Hunt, the Inspector for Derby East, which covers Sinfin, said they were aged between 12 and 17. He has now turned to the public for their help in tackling the problem and he has urged them to hand over information for when the fights are taking place.
Inspector Hunt said: "We're dealing with well-organised anti-social behaviour from youths in Sinfin and Littleover. We have seized knives from homes and have used powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act to clamp down on this.
"Fights are being organised between the groups and they have involved weapons, including metal bars."
Inspector Hunt said the force has issued dispersal notices in the areas. This allows a police constable or community support officer to move groups of two or more people away from the areas where their presence or behaviour has resulted or is likely to result in people being harassed or intimidated.
He said: "We have gone to homes and seized knives and have also issued dispersal notices at areas where the crimes are taking place. If they continue to cause trouble in those areas then we can ban them and arrest them.
"What I want to do is urge the public to contact us if they have information about these fights. That information can really help us. They have typically taken place on Friday and Saturday nights in parks when it has been dark. My message is clear, we will not tolerate this. We will deal with the offenders.
"We have used community intelligence in this situation and would welcome anymore we can receive."
Inspector Hunt said extra patrols were in place and officers were working with other agencies to tackle the problem. He said: "We've been to the properties of some of the youths involved and reminded them of the consequences of their behaviour. We're also in touch with the tenants of the properties to keep them in contact with the situation so they are aware.
"We're also working with our partners so we can remind the youths of the consequences of their actions and how what they are doing can severely impact their lives.
"Please if you have any information on any of the issues to come forward and help. We are here to help and make our communities safer. Call 101 if you can help."