POLICE will be cracking down on anti-social behaviour in Whitby Park over the summer.
Officers and PSCOs are increasing their presence in the town centre beauty spot, as well as surrounding streets, particularly in the evenings.
They will patrol on foot and on bikes in order to cover the park area more effectively.
Plain clothed police officers will be out in force to gather evidence about misuse of the park and anti-social behaviour.
Sergeant Emma Parry, of the neighbourhood policing unit, said: “During the summer months we do see more people out and about in the evenings.
“It is also during this time that we see an increase in reports from residents about anti-social behaviour on parks.
“We are undertaking these patrols to ensure the park is being used properly so it can be enjoyed by everyone.”
The park is a designated no-alcohol zone so anyone caught drinking will have their alcohol seized and could face a fine.
Officers will also be on the look out for underage drinkers and where they are getting alcohol from.
The team is working with CCTV operators to monitor the park, while PCSOs are joining forces with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s culture and recreation team to engage with young people in order to find out what sort of activities they would like to see provided.
Sgt Parry added: ”We are working with Home Watch groups in the area and Friends of Whitby Park in this project.
“I would also encourage residents to report incidents to us, especially if they can identify offenders.”
To report an incident call police on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.