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Incidents prompt daytime curfew for school-aged children in West Reading

WEST READING, Pa. - Recent incidents of disorderly behavior involving school-aged children have prompted West Reading police to implement a daytime curfew.

The curfew applies to all children up to the age of 18 during typical school day hours, said Stephen Powell, the borough's police chief, in making the announcement on Wednesday.

The curfew is the result of several recent incidents involving school-aged children, including fights, thefts and the throwing of objects from the Buttonwood Street Bridge onto the West Shore Bypass, Powell said.

The curfew mirrors a similar policy already in place in Reading, said Powell, who served on the city police force for 22 years before becoming West Reading's chief in 2013.

The daytime curfew allows exemptions if there is a legitimate reason for a child not being in school, Powell said. He noted that the new policy is not a truancy ordinance and that monetary fines and/or community service may be imposed on violators.

Officer training on enforcement of the new daytime curfew will begin shortly.

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