YOB behaviour has been blamed as the reason why Chester didn’t have a star-studded line-up at the city’s Christmas lights switch-on.
Yet five miles away at Cheshire Oaks, a crowd of 15,000 turned out the following night in the pouring rain to watch chart-topping pop group The Saturdays turn on the lights of the country’s largest Christmas tree.
Police have confirmed there were no arrests at Cheshire Oaks on Friday evening and that the main issues were crowd control and teenagers losing friends.
Organiser of this year’s city centre event, Cheshire West and Chester events officer David Atkinson, said: “We used to book big names but youths from Lache, Blacon, Ellesmere Port and Wrexham caused more issues than made it worthwhile.
“Because of this, a decision was made to make the event more family-friendly, aimed specifically at the under 10s.”