Northwich police to crackdown on anti-social behaviour
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Police in Northwich will increase patrols this weekend and have a dispersal order in place to deter anti-social behaviour.
This follows a recent increase in anti-social behaviour in the area of the town centre, particularly in the areas of McDonalds on High Street, and around Barons Quay.
Insp 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 okay 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 let us know either by calling 101, 999 (in an emergency), or via our website Cheshire.police.uk .
Information can also be passed anonymously or via Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111.