Youngsters encouraged to stay on the right path as Cheshire Police and Cheshire East Council combat anti-social behaviour in Congleton Date published: 13th June 2017 11am

Youngsters were encouraged to stay on the right path as Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire East Council worked together to combat anti-social behaviour in Congleton.

Officers alongside partner agencies from youth support, Children Social Care and youth prevention engaged with youngsters in an area of the town identified as being a hot spot for anti-social behaviour.

Between 7-11pm on Friday, 9 June, officers provided support and advice to children and their parents as they visited Congleton Park and Princess Street to ensure they are not putting themselves at risk of criminal and anti-social behaviour.

The operation also encouraged parents to be more aware of their children’s whereabouts and who they are associating themselves with.

The operational work carried out by officers is part of the force’s county-wide ‘Street Safe’ initiative, which aims to protect communities from anti-social behaviour and public space violence.

Inspector Catherine Mitchell, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “Ensuring children stay on the right path from a young age can play a big part in helping to reduce anti-social behaviour and keeping them safe

“By working with other partner agencies, we were able to identify vulnerable youngsters who may be at risk of committing crimes or placing them to provide support and issue advice to make sure they stay on the right track.

“We spoke to a number of young people who were not committing anti-social behaviour but we discussed with them about why they were out, how they are keep themselves safe and hearing what they had to say. We encourage parents and guardians to keep having conversations with young people about their safety, how activity they engage in can put them at risk. Asking questions about who they are out with, where they are out and how they can keep themselves safe.”  

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communities, said: “I welcome this opportunity to work with the police and young people. A more balanced conversational approach to review what causes anti social behaviour is a positive move forward. The council feels it is very important to make sure that young people are being talked to and not talked about. Taking this pro-active stance will lead to more integrated communities, something that is especially important on the eve of The Great Get Together which Cheshire East is very heavily involved with this weekend.”

To follow the work officers carry out to protect communities from anti-social behaviour and public space violence under the Street Safe initiative follow @CheshirePolice and the local policing accounts or #streetsafe