Police and council work together to combat anti-social behaviour in Congleton Date published: 7th November 2016 5.10pm

Do you know what your kids are up to in the evening?

Parents and youngsters have been given advice and support as part of a joint initiative between Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire East Council to combat anti-social behaviour in Congleton.

Police officers joined forces with partner organisations representatives on Friday, November 4 to engage with youngsters in an area of the town that has been identified as a hotspot for crime and anti-social behaviour among young people.

Between 7-10pm local officers and youth support workers from the council visited Congleton Park in Princess Street to provide advice to youngsters and their parents to ensure youngsters are not putting themselves at risk of involvement in criminal and anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Catherine Mitchell, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “Ensuring children and their parents are educated and aware of the impact of their actions from a young age can play a big part in helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.

“Talking to parents and informing them of how they can recognise offending behaviour as well as talking to their child about how they can prevent and protect themselves from youth crime can help them make the right choices and have a brighter future.

“The visit to Congleton Park proved very positive and was a great example of how we work together with our partners. The youngsters we spoke to understood why we were there and what we were telling them, and the parents were supportive of what we are trying to achieve together.”

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities and health, said: “This joint operation is another good example of this council’s commitment to working with partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities.

“This approach is about nipping problems in the bud by intervening early and helping steer youngsters towards more constructive pastimes and more considerate behaviour that will help unlock their life potential.

“Cheshire East is an enforcing council and we are committed to ensuring our borough remains a great place to live, work, visit and do business for all our communities.”