Police are calling for witnesses to an incident at Wellington Park on Sunday 10 June which led to four police officers being assaulted.
Police officers were called to the park at 5.30pm following a report of teenagers allegedly involved in drug use. Four people including two teenage girls were arrested after a large group of young people attempted to prevent the police detaining the suspect. Officers had to call in support when more than 30 young people became involved in a brawl.
A dispersal notice was issued to the whole park following the arrest of a 15 year old girl on suspicion of theft and assaulting a police officer. A 13 year old girl was arrested on suspicion of theft and causing a breach of the peace. Two others were arrested but due to concerns that they had taken drugs, their parents were called and advised to seek medical attention for them.
Sgt Stuart Williams of the neighbourhood team, said: “Families with young children and other members of the community should be able to enjoy an afternoon in the park without having to endure this shocking level of anti-social behaviour (ASB) involving what is a small minority of the town’s teenagers.
“Officers were subjected to aggressive, hostile and violent behaviour throughout. This is completely unacceptable and we’ll be carrying out an investigation into what happened, include a full review of officers’ Body Worn Video camera footage.
“We’re working hard to tackle ASB in Wellington and we’ll continue to target our patrols to areas affected by this type of disorder.
“This behaviour will not be tolerated and we’d ask parents and carers to work with us by making sure they know where their children are and who they’re with.”
Anyone who witnessed any part of this incident or has information which would help the investigation should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5218127214.