Crackdown on hooligans in River Gardens

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A crackdown on anti-social behaviour around East Mill and the River Gardens in Belper is being launched by police.

Officers are to carry out increased patrols around the area after residents highlighted the issue as a priority.

They will also be seizing alcohol from underage drinkers, delivering letters to inform parents of any youngsters found to be causing a nuisance and will consider drawing-up Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, which can lead to Anti-Social Behaviour Orders - for any persistent troublemakers.

Following the operation, police will be working with other agencies to set up diversionary activities for local youngsters.

The initiative comes 
after police met with residents to identify priorities for the next three months at surgeries in the town.

Latest figures, relating to August, show there were three reports of anti-social behaviour around the River Gardens area during that month, with one incident relating to criminal damage or arson.

To report anti-social behaviour phone Derbyshire Police on their 101 non- emergency number.