A town has seen CCTV cameras installed on its streets to tackle ‘out of control’ teenagers.
Two ‘violent’ incidents in Neston, which took place within a three-week period between October and November, have led police to install cameras to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.
On October 28, a composter built by volunteers at Neston Community Youth Centre was set alight by teenagers.
On November 18, a group of local teenagers were involved in a brawl on Raby Road which saw one brandish a broken bottle at a resident and another assault a local man who attempted to prevent the fight.
Police have also caught teenagers drinking and using drugs in the local park.
Four youths aged 14, 17 and 18, have since been charged with affray following the brawl on Raby Road and will all be sentenced at Chester Magistrates Court on December 14.
Three youths aged 14, 16 and 17 were also arrested in relation to the arson attack on October 28 but were released on bail until December 14 pending further enquiries.
A dispersal order has also been issued along Raby Road to help tackle the issue.
Sargent Daniel Greenhalgh of Ellesmere Port West and Neston Local Policing Unit, said: “We want those who have any common sense to use it and walk away and not involve themselves within the groups who cause problems and commit offences.
“Those who have the sense will disassociate themselves from the ones causing the trouble and thus getting them into trouble.
“The level of violence and unacceptable behaviour that we have dealt with continues to highlight that a small minority of local teens are failing to get the message that their choices and actions have consequences, not only to them as individuals but within community.
“They are out of control, with their parents apparently unable to have any positive influence over them.
“As this is the case we will and have now taken control over them and police and the community will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.”
Despite recent incidents in the area, Sargent Greenhalgh is reassuring residents Neston ‘remains one of the safest places to live’.
He added: “To provide more reassurance to the public, who may perceive that Neston is more like the Wild West at present, that ASB figures during 2016 have actually declined over some months by up to 30 per cent.
“Neston remains one of the safest places to live and, whilst it has a small minority who commit crime and anti-social behaviour, we have to maintain perspective that this is the few and far from the wider community.
“Anyone wishing to share information they may know in confidence can do so directly with local officers call 101 or via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.
“We need the community to help us with information, as often those who complain about the lack of police action are the very ones who fail to tell us what they know.
“The community has seen, time after time, that we will act upon what information we can and we will bring offenders to justice in whatever capacity is proportionate and within the law.”