A SENIOR police officer says work is continuing to tackle anti-social behaviour on a deprived Colchester estate.

Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston was speaking to the Gazette following six teenagers being sentenced for causing £28,000 of criminal damage at Unity Primary Academy, Colchester.

The vandals were punished by Colchester Magistrates’ Court for the offence dating back to November 27 last year, being ordered to each pay £600 in compensation.

Gazette: Destruction - some of the damage caused at Unity Primary AcademyDestruction - some of the damage caused at Unity Primary Academy

Mr Huddleston, Colchester’s district commander, said: “This outcome is the result of the good work by our community policing team which led to the identification of these offenders.

“And the team haven’t stopped – they continue to tackle antisocial behaviour in Greenstead and indeed across Colchester.

“Where perpetrators of crimes are identified, action is being taken in a variety of ways including, where appropriate, criminal charges but also community resolutions and referrals to the Youth Offending Service.

“Greenstead also has a dedicated PCSO, who is acutely aware of the issues being raised by residents and councillors in Greenstead.

“The information provided to her informs our patrols as well as our preventative and response tactics.

“We also regularly engage with schools to ensure children are aware of the consequences of engaging in antisocial behaviour.”