Police have issued a warning after reports of an unusually high level of anti-social behaviour Runcorn area.
Officers are aware of ongoing anti-social behaviour in the Palacefields area, and also worrying incidents of youths hurling bricks and other missiles at buses in the Halton Lea area.
Patrols are being stepped up in both areas, but police are keen to make those who are offending understand the dangers their actions are creating – and the consequences they could face.
Chief Inspector Debbie Hooper said: “It is extremely worrying to see that we are getting reports of this nature. I can only hope that these people don’t realise the risks they are creating but it is important that they do – before someone gets seriously hurt.
“What these people may not realise is that they risk losing their home or their parents’ home. They will get a criminal record which seriously damages their job prospects and also means they won’t be able to go abroad on holiday. Severe damage to buses will also put them out of use for some time and may mean they are taken off route altogether – meaning perhaps that family members can’t get to the doctors, for example.
“We don’t want to be killjoys and understand that those committing these offences may see it as harmless fun. However, it brings misery to our communities and, working with our partners, we are determined to stamp this behaviour out.”
Cheshire Constabulary works closely with partner agencies, including Halton Borough Council, to address issues of anti-social behaviour in the Runcorn area through the Safer Halton Partnership.
A key focus is on educating young people and providing diversionary activities in an attempt to minimise the levels of anti-social behaviour and the impact it has on the community.
Cllr David Cargill, from Halton Borough Council, said: “We have a fantastic relationship with Runcorn police, bus operators and housing landlords. We have already identified some of the youths and all agencies have been informed.
“My message to parents is to educate their children on the risks and consequences. Joint agency CCTV, radio communications, additional resources and DNA Forensic solutions are in operation. This type of behaviour will not be treated as anti-social because it is crime, persons responsible will be brought to account and may face the justice system.”
If you have any information or witness any incidents of anti-social behaviour please call Cheshire police on 101.