Children are the butt of our town

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CHILDREN as young as nine have been pictured on CCTV smoking cigarette butts and vandalising ash trays.

The images were caught on CCTV cameras at Stephenson House in Bletchley.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said it was ‘typical behaviour’ in the area.

He said: “The problem is not just smoking but what they can catch from saliva that may have been on the cigarettes.

“I am sure there is also more than cigarettes being smoked in the area so children are exposing themselves to that as well.”

He explained children aged nine to 12 had been responsible for similar acts over the past year and every time security staff installed new ashtrays they are destroyed – sometimes within a matter of days.

The resident said: “The big thing is that children need to be educated on this subject. It’s not just that smoking is bad for them but also the consequences, they need to learn about that as well.

“I do not want to see children smoking at all, but I would rather buy them a pack of cigarettes than see them picking up butts, sneaking into the bushes and relighting them there, it’s dangerous for them.”

Thames Valley Police has confirmed that officers are looking into the matter and that the CCTV images have now been passed on to the Neighbourhood Team.

> Anyone who has any information about these reported scenes or may have seen the boys in the area should contact PC Steve Horspool on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.