Posted on 29th July 2014
Police are urging parents to take action to help clamp down on anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in New Mills and Hayfield.
Officers from the local policing team have been stepping up patrols in the area following reports from residents of groups of youths acting anti-socially in the community.
During patrols across the Safer Neighbourhood area last weekend, officers confiscated alcohol from youths who were underage and a number of children were taken home for being intoxicated. On numerous occasions there have also been empty beer cans, litter and broken glass strewn over the park and open spaces.
The Safer Neighbourhood team have been engaging with youths about the dangers of underage drinking and the effects of anti-social behaviour on people living in the area.
PCSO Lee Baker from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “As a team we understand that the majority of young people in our area are responsible and respect others, however there are a few who are causing issues for residents around the town.
“We have been patrolling problem hot spots and have encountered many young people out and about; worryingly several of them had been under the influence of alcohol and had to be taken home by an officer.
“The amount of alcohol being consumed is a concern and we will be working hard to tackle this issue but we need parents to assist us in preventing anti-social behaviour and most importantly, stop any young person being harmed under the influence of alcohol.
“It is really important that parents know where there child is at night and when they will be returning home. I would advise all parents to check where they store alcohol and to ensure that none is taken by their child."
Police are also warning people of the consequences of breaking the law by buying alcohol for underage children. Offenders can be issued with fixed penalty notices and face further prosecution.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.