A parent has been prosecuted for not stopping their child committing anti-social behaviour in Morecambe’s West End.
Police believe this is the first time that such legislation has been used in England.
The adult – who cannot be named – appeared at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on Monday for three breaches of a community protection notice and was fined £280.
It involved the mother of a teenage boy from Morecambe.
Morecambe police say making the parent accountable was a last resort, and that they will keep working with partner agencies to help the family.
A post on the Morecambe Area Police Facebook page said: “We have been trying to assist the parent in engaging the necessary support services to help, however, in the end we have had to take this action to make them accountable.”
“We believe that this is the first time in the country that this legislation has been used to make a parent accountable for their child’s behaviour.
“We have had many comments on our anti-social behaviour posts in the past asking for parents to be made accountable.”
After the sentencing, Sgt Adie Knowles from Morecambe Police said he was pleased with the result.
“This unique use of the legislation will hopefully have a positive effect not only on the parent engaging more pro-actively with the services but also to curb the child’s anti-social behaviour and send a message to other parents who might think we are not going to make them accountable,” he said.
Sgt Knowles said the action was the result of ongoing work between the police and the city council’s anti-social behaviour team.
The legislation came into force in 2014 but this is thought to be the first time it was used to make a parent personally accountable for their child.
It was carried out as part of a bigger intervention surrounding the reduction of anti-social behaviour in the West End.