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  Wigton Easter curfew 'cut crime'
Updated 19 April 2004, 08.35
Kids hanging out
A curfew in the town of Wigton, which was introduced to keep under-16s off the streets during Easter holidays, has been a big success, police say.

Crime in the area during the curfew, which ran until the end of holidays on 19 April, dropped by 75%, they said.

The curfew meant anyone under 16 was banned from streets from 9pm to 6am.

Inspector David Barr, who was behind the scheme, said it was so good they were thinking about doing more curfews during other school holidays.

The curfew was introduced after teens behaved badly and caused trouble during half-term in February.

They were responsible for 27 crimes or incidents, police said.

Newsround website readers reacted strongly to the curfew idea. Many e-mailed the website to say what an unfair scheme it was, especially since it was the holidays.

Under new laws introduced in January, police are allowed to break up groups and to take kids home after 9pm if they're not with an adult.



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