Three Northamptonshire teenagers were arrested at 10pm on Tuesday for assault and racially aggravated criminal damage.
Police were called to Daventry High Street in response to reports of a group of teenagers damaging the rear of a restaurant premises.
This coincided with reports of the same group throwing bottles at a takeaway nearby and abusing staff. Police are still looking for another individual in connection to this incident.
The teenagers, two of which are aged 15 and one is aged 17, spent the night in custody before being interviewed and released on police bail with conditions banning them from the town centre.
The arrests follow the launch of ‘Operation Nugget’, a police crackdown on a small group of yobs largely responsible for a spate of antisocial and abusive behaviour, including one incident on Thursday last week where a disabled man was targeted.
Sergeant Sam Dobbs said, “We are already experiencing a problem with a specific group of young people, which has led to my recent letter to parents kindly distributed by the local secondary schools for half term. In the light of my letter, what has been particularly interesting about these arrests is that the mortified mums or dads who have had to attend the Criminal Justice Centre today, had been led to believe that their children were staying with friends.
“Young people who behave in this feral way will not be tolerated – a stance supported by a number of teenagers who have stopped us to tell us that they are sick of the minority potentially ruining the reputation of the majority.
“More arrests will follow under Operation Nugget.”