POLICE in the rural areas of West Cheshire have launched an initiative to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and underage drinking during the summer months.
Extra officers will be on patrol at peak times during evenings and weekends in areas most affected by anti-social behaviour.
They will be confiscating alcohol from under-18s and anyone caught buying alcohol for under-18s or selling alcohol to underage drinkers could face an £80 fine.
Insp Phil Hodgson said: “With the lighter nights and school holidays, it is more tempting for young people to stay out in the evenings.
“The majority of youngsters do not cause any trouble and are simply looking for a place to meet up with their friends. However, there is a minority who do cause problems for the rest of the community.
“Alcohol often plays a part in anti-social behaviour and can also leave young people who drink vulnerable.
“We are working with local on and off-licensed premises to ensure alcohol is not be served to or brought on behalf of under-age drinkers.
“I would also appeal to parents and older siblings not to give alcohol to underage drinkers.”
As part of the campaign, officers are also helping to support local youth groups and activities for young people.
Insp Hodgson said: “Often, when my officers speak to young people, their main complaint there is nothing for them to do. As a result we have been assisting various groups to put on activities.
“The Shine initiative ran in Frodsham thanks to a donation from the force’s community unit. “
In August, Frodsham PCSO, James McLaughlin is assisting with a Tranmere Rovers Summer Soccer School at Frodsham Leisure Centre.
PCSO McLaughlin said: “We are working with different projects in the community not only to give young people something to do in the long holiday, but also to improve relationships with the police force as a whole.
“The young community can get to know their local officers.”
To contact your Local Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0845 458 6393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Summer Soccer School visit www.tranmererovers.co.uk