My son was recently out in the afternoon with 3 of his friends. He is 13 years old (and not very streetwise). He then met a similar sized group of people who were similarly going to the park to play football. Someone suggested knocking for a few more people to make up numbers. Quickly he found himself in a group of 15 or so children waiting outside a house at the top of road were his grandparents live. Now there have been numerous complaints recently, particulalrly by senior citizens about large numbers of youth congregating. Some of the complaints are legitimate, as I have witnessed myself, kids spraying their tags etc. Subsequently, the local police are being very proactive in monitoring the situation. So, the police were alerted to the groups of childrens presence, and two officers turned up. The stated that there had been complaints and wanted to know what the children were doing. This was duly explained. The police then asked to take name and address details of all present. This was also done. However, when the police first arrived three of the children were taken aside and sent home. Why? because two were one of the policemans own children and one was a family friend. The remainder were asked to move on and went to the park to play football as planned. Today, I received a letter from the police. It is from the Anti Social Behavior Unit. It states that there is a police initiative in this area and that my son was stopped. They raise the issue of whether parents know the whereabouts of their children. I was more than aware of where mys son was on the day in question and what his intentions were. I would also add that he is provided with a mobile to allow us to keep in touch in case of a change of plans. Now up to this point I by and large have know problem with the police actions that day or the letter sent. I must admit I am not happy about the officer removing his own children from the situation but I do not actually know what police procedures are for such scenarios. However, the tone of the letter then took a turn for the worse. It states that it is not in any way a criminal record but merely an informal way of notifying parents. But apparently a copy of this letter will be kept on file. If there are continuing problems they then state that they have to consider an ASBO (anti social Behavior order). So this is my understanding. 1.) My son was in the wrong place and through no fault of his own found himself part of a large group. 2.) He freely gave his name and address because he had no reason not to. 3.) He is now part of an "unofficial" list that I personally think is in breach of the data protection act. 4.) If there are further problems with groups of youth, does this list get referred to as the primary list of suspects? I am frankly very annoyed about this. I totally understand and support the need to police large groups of children. However, as no crime was committed in this instance I see know reason to hold records or to issue such letters. It smacks very much of guilt by association and tarring everyone with the same brush. Now I don't hold any of the officers involved or the one who signed the letter as personally repsonsible in this matter. This is yet another government driven directive, which is geared to hit targets and produce positive stats, rather than tackle the real issues. What I need to know is, what can I do to have my sons name removed from such a list? I don't think it should be there and am happy to take legal advice over it's legitimacy. I do not want the police knocking on my door next time theres a problem with groups of youths, asking about my sons whereabouts. That is unacceptable. I would welcome any advice or input as to how to proceed with this matter. I certainly do not want to let it lie.