Parents urged to find out where their kids are following anti-social behaviour reports in Chesterfield Town Centre

Posted on 22nd March 2018

Officers from the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are asking parents and carers if they know what their youngsters are up to when they’re out and about.

The question comes following concerns about the behaviour of some large groups of young people gathering in the area near Chesterfield Library, in the town centre.

PCSO Adele Chapman-Jones, of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We’ve had a number of reports recently about the behaviour of some large groups of secondary school children, between the ages of 12 and 18, who are acting anti-socially, being abusive and volatile. Our team has also recently dealt with a 15 year old girl who spat at a security guard. This kind of behaviour won’t be tolerated.

“People should be able to visit, shop and work in our town without the worry of being subject to anti-social behaviour and we are working hard alongside partnership agencies to help ensure Chesterfield continues to be a safe and place to be.”

PCSO Chapman-Jones added: “Our team is stepping up our proactive patrols in this area, dispersal orders may be issued and further action will be taken against any individuals found to be persistently causing anti-social behaviour including community protection notices.

“Parents may be able to help us to prevent these issues, by simply taking the time to find out where their child is, who they are with and what they are doing, and by making sure they understand what is anti-social and unacceptable behaviour.”

A Community Protection Notice (CPN) is aimed at preventing unreasonable behaviour, which is having a negative impact on the local community's quality of life.

Breaching a CPN can result in a fine of £100 which a parent may be liable to pay.

You can contact the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team online through the My Local Police pages of the Derbyshire police website, www.derbyshire.police.uk, or by calling 101.

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