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  Kids think curfew laws aren't fair
Updated 23 October 2003, 17.17
Kids reckon curfews are wrong
Kids reckon new plans to stop anti-social behaviour may cause problems between them and police.

The government's ideas include letting police break up groups of two or more young people if they want to, even if they're not doing anything wrong.

Seven out of 10 kids asked in a survey said they thought police shouldn't be allowed to use that sort of power.

And 80% said curfews were unfair because they made all children look bad even if only a few were.

Kids in groups could be broken up by police
Kids in groups could be broken up by police
The plans could stop you hanging around with your friends in the evening, and if you're under 16 police could even take you home if you're not with an adult.

A government spokesperson said the powers would only be used against gangs of kids who were making trouble for the community.

They added that the new laws would actually help children because they are often the victims of the anti-social behaviour the changes should stop.

The survey asked 700 kids what they thought of the ideas, and was paid for by a group of 13 different children's charities.

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