Youngsters are being issued dispersal notice following anti-social behaviour in Widnes Date published: 15th March 2017 2.28pm

Youths who continue to cause anti-social behaviour around a park in Widnes are being issued a dispersal notice in order to make the community a safer place.

Working alongside local schools and British Transport Police, officers will be patrolling near to Victoria Park and speaking to youngsters to ensure they aren’t committing offences or causing significant issues to local residents.

The notices are being made after officers received numerous reports of public order and criminal damage offences causing the community to feel unsafe and concerned for their property.

Inspector Chris Adkins, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “Whenever residents feel unsafe in their community because of the criminal behaviours of youngsters we take strong action. Any youths who think it’s acceptable to cause anti-social behaviour by making residents feel harassed, alarmed or distressed, will be dealt with and positive action will be taken in relation to criminal offences such as criminal damage.

“Moving forwards there will be an increase in the number of officers and our patrols which will see us deal robustly with any offences committed and as appropriate officers will use dispersal powers under the Crime and Policing Act.

“I would also urge parents to speak with their children and make sure they know where they are in the evenings. As well as the consequences of committing criminal behaviour.”

Anyone who may have been a victim of anti-social behaviour disorder is asked to report it to Cheshire Police by calling 101.