POLICE have revealed their attempts to curb antisocial behaviour centred around a South Derbyshire supermarket have begun to ‘succeed’.
Derbyshire Police revealed that a host of issues had arisen in close proximity to Morrisons, off Sir Herbert Wragg Way, in Swadlincote.
The incidents included youngsters causing a general disturbance as well as riding around the store car park on motorbikes and in cars.
In a report to Swadlincote Area Forum, Sergeant Jim Thompson said: “We have had issues with antisocial behaviour in Morrisons car park.
“We have been very pro-active and issued four section 59 notices.”
A section 59 notice is a warning issued by a police officer when the driver of a vehicle is doing so in a ‘manner that causes nuisance or inconvenience’.
Sgt Thompson added: “We are also working with security staff at the store.
“We would prefer the gate (located at the car park entrance) to be closed but the store has concerns for staff and deliveries.”
Excelsior Drive, in Woodville, was also highlighted as an area that had become a hotspot for antisocial behaviour.
Extra patrols are working hard to target offenders and put an end to the increase.
It has also been revealed that the force had seen a rise in incidents directed at staff who look after Maurice Lea Memorial Park, in Church Gresley.
Patrols have been increased to try and ward off the problem with officers speaking to the youngsters responsible and their parents.
Town centre patrols have also been increased after a spate of bags and purse snatches.
A campaign has been launched with traders and community groups to raise awareness of the problem.