Police plea to lovestruck school pupils blocking Hampstead’s pavements

Fiona Simpson, Francesca Gillett
Police are warning secondary school pupils not to gather on pavements and block shops: PA Wire/PA Images

Police have warned lovestruck school pupils to stop blocking pavements in north London.

Scores of boys and girls are reportedly clogging up pavements in Hampstead as they gather in groups to meet each other after school.

But the teenagers, thought to be in years seven to nine, are reportedly standing in the way of parents with pushchairs and elderly people with zimmer frames who struggle to get past.

PC Nick Dayton, who works in Hampstead, told the Ham and High that he wants the youngsters be more aware of the other people on the pavement and will be speaking to headteachers of two schools in the area.

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In his newsletter to residents, the police officer wrote: “Hampstead Schools are on their Easter Holidays, which is a relief for some of the businesses in the High Street.

“The team are well aware that Friday afternoons can be chaotic close to the junction with Oriel Place, with two groups of students in particular obstructing the thoroughfares and byways.”

PC Dayton said: “It’s an issue that the police shouldn’t have to deal with. The children should know that they are representing their schools and should really be conscious of their surroundings, however I can understand why they congregate.

“Boys like to meet girls, and girls like to meet boys for the weekend...

“We’d like to think the schools will say, look, when you finish on a Friday, you’re still in school uniform, please consider the reputations of yourselves, and the schools.

“Try to be a bit more understanding of the comings and goings and businesses of Hampstead High Street.”

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