Young teenagers face on-the-spot fines of up to £40 from this week for antisocial behaviour such as vandalism and underage drinking, the Home Office announced last night.

The new police powers to fine 10- to 15-year-olds are to be used in seven forces including Merseyside, Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands.
Ministers hope parents and guardians of the teenagers, who will be liable for the fines of between £30 and £40, will do something about their children.

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