Children have been involved in incidents of criminal damage including picnic benches being thrown into the moat at historic Bishop’s Waltham Palace according to police.
Officers say they have received several reports over the last few days about criminal damage and anti-social behaviour within the English Heritage ruins.
The site is currently undergoing extensive repair work and scaffolding and fencing have been erected around some of the remains.
Reports received are that children are climbing the scaffolding, damaging equipment and also throwing picnic benches into the moat.
Community Support Officer Sarah McCulloch said: “As it is coming up to half term this is a timely reminder for parents and carers to speak to their children of the dangers of climbing scaffolding and also about the impact on this type of behaviour has on the users of this historic location.
“I would also encourage parents and carers to ask who their children are with and where they are planning to go.
“Anti-social behaviour is defined as “behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress not of the same household as the person.”
There are also three main categories for anti-social behaviour depending on how many people are affected:
- Personal antisocial behaviour
- Nuisance antisocial behaviour
- Environmental antisocial behaviour
You can report antisocial behaviour by calling 101 or by reporting online at www.hampshire.police.uk