ELLESMERE Port Police are joining forces with the community to tackle nuisance youths around Overpool Road shops.
PC Rob Dalton and community support officer Mark Delamere are calling for shopkeepers to work with representatives from the police, councils and schools to talk about the elements of the problems and which partners are best equipped to deal with them.
PC Dalton said: 'We have already made significant progress in this area and a number of young people, who we believe are the main troublemakers, have been identified.
'Efforts are now being made to work with the families of these children to talk about our concerns and warn them of the consequences if their child's bad behaviour continues.
'We want to take this work one step further by engaging with the shops and councils in the area to see how they can contribute to reducing anti-social behaviour and youth nuisance.'
Letters have been sent to the business community and partnership agencies and a good turnout is expected at a meeting pencilled in for next Sunday.
Meanwhile, police are using high-visibility, targeted patrols and alcohol seizure powers to keep a lid on the problem of nuisance youths.
Officers can make arrests, take unruly youngsters home and/or issue youth nuisance forms if behaviour gets out of hand.
The forms are monitored by police and their partners in the Criminal Justice System and they help officers decide if intervention is needed to get a young person who is headed off the rails back on track.
Posters highlighting the efforts of the police and their partners will be appearing in the community, warning the culprits what is in store if they misbehave and encouraging residents to report problems.
Anyone with information about nuisance youth problems in and around the Overpool Road shops area can call the Community Action Team on the dedicated messaging facility on 0845 458 6373.
To pass on information to the police anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.