Anti-social behaviour in Northwich town centre has forced police to ramp up patrols.
A small group of local youths have abused business owners and members of the public, and damaged property in the area.
For the next couple of weekends, Cheshire Police have placed a dispersal order in the centre to deter this behaviour.
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Areas of particular concern are the McDonald’s on High Street and around Barons Quay.
Police have managed to identify a number of these individuals and taken formal action against them. They are also working to identify the remaining teenagers.
Those found to be engaging in anti-social behaviour will be instructed to leave the town centre, and could be taken home to their parents.
Parents in Northwich are urged to be aware of where their teenagers are going, advise them of proper behaviour and the consequences of misbehaving.
Inspector Jason Murray of Northwich Local Policing Unit said: “In recent weeks we have seen a marked increase in anti-social behaviour and criminality in the Northwich Town Centre area.
“Those responsible are a small number of local teenagers who feel it is OK to abuse and threaten members of the public and business owners, damage others’ property and act irresponsibly.
“They need to understand that this is not okay, and we will take every action possible to identify them and take action against them.
“We have already identified a number of these youths, and taken formal action against them.
“We are also working closely with our partner agencies to ensure that appropriate joint interventions are put in place with these young people in order to divert them from this behaviour.
“There will be a dispersal order in place in the town centre for the next few weekends, which will give officers authority to direct anyone engaging in anti-social behaviour or criminality an instruction to leave the town centre.
“They may also be taken home to their parents, who will be advised about their behaviour.
“Whilst I do not want to prevent young people having fun, they need to understand what is appropriate and what is not, and abide by the law.
“I would urge parents of teenagers going out, to know where your children are going, and advise them about their standards and the possible consequences if they don’t behave.”
If anyone witnesses a crime or anti-social behaviour in Northwich Town Centre, then please contact Cheshire Police on 101, 999 (in an emergency), or via the website Cheshire.police.uk .
Information can also be passed anonymously or via Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111.