The second leg of Operation Yardman continued last weekend as officers caught more than 90 youths who were either drinking on street corners or causing mayhem for residents in their area. IAN CHEVEAU, who accompanied police on the launch night of the operation, reports on another night of chaos on the streets of Widnes.
More than 270 warning letters have been sent to parents after a two-week police crackdown on teenage hellraisers in Widnes.
Officers were busy this week destroying a haul of alcohol - including bottles of wine and cider - seized from under 18s during the high visibility operation.
And now police want parents to ask themselves if their child was one of those stopped and spoken to about their anti-social behaviour.
PC Deborah Rigby, who was one of the 30-strong team of officers involved in the operation, said: 'Will it be your child who was one of those involved?
'Will a letter be coming through your letterbox?
'Many parents just aren't aware of what their children are up to at night and I should imagine that the majority of youths we spoke to on Friday and Saturday won't want to admit that a police letter is on its way to you.'
The operation focused on trouble hotspots in the town and involved officers from the Community Action Team (CAT) and Blue Lamp project.
During the first operation on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, 130 letters were posted to parents, while around another 140 were sent after officers collared scores of youths who were committing public order offences on street corners.
The youths had their contact details taken and letters were distributed to their parents advising them of why their child was stopped.
Some drunken youths were also escorted home by police where their parents were duly informed of their behaviour.
PC Rigby added: 'Hopefully the letters will have an impact and deter the youths from going back out on to the streets to commit the same kinds of offences this weekend.
'But we are appealing to all parents and guardians to work with the police and take responsibility for where their children are and what they are doing.
'We also want to know where these children are obtaining their alcohol and are urging local off-licences not to sell to anyone without being shown proof of ID.
'Law abiding youths have nothing to worry about.
Anyone with information about crime can contact Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.