TEENAGERS causing trouble at a Winshill park could be issued with antisocial behaviour contracts, police have warned.
Last week the Mail reported how mum-of-three Keira Ford was tired of the large amounts of rubbish and broken glass being left at the park in Canterbury Road, which she had taken to clearing up herself.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, commander of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said the force was aware of anti-social behaviour at the park and was currently dealing with it.
He said: “Some of the behaviour is seasonal, owing to the warm weather and the school holidays, and details of people thought to be involved are being drawn together by officers for the area.
“We have had operations for antisocial behaviour taking place on Thursdays and Fridays throughout August, which has been targeting groups of people behaving in an antisocial manner.
The operation has involved members of the special constabulary and plain clothes patrols, in addition to the regular antisocial behaviour patrol provided by the local policing team.”
He said that as a result of this, six people in the Sycamore Road area of Stapenhill had entered into antisocial behaviour contracts, through antisocial behaviour officer PC Gai Palmer, and they were looking to replicate this success in the Winshill Park area.
Miss Ford said she had contacted the police about youths using the park as a ‘hang-out’ and leaving smashed alcohol bottles behind.
Chief Insp Maskrey said: “We were unaware of the resident attending to pick up the debris left behind, but would encourage all residents who see this antisocial behaviour to contact East Staffordshire Local Policing Team via the 101 number to report when an incident is happening, so that the offenders can be dealt with.
“Finally, we would ask parents to think about where their child is during the long summer evenings. These ‘offenders’ are predominantly youngsters aged in their late teens, hanging around with friends, who become involved in drinking, smoking and rowdy behaviour.
“We would ask parents to be aware of what they are doing and how this might be affecting the wider community.”
People can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.