New crackdown on park yobs in Chesterfield

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A new crackdown to stamp out anti-social behaviour in Chesterfield’s parks has been launched.

The move to get tough on yobs is being spearheaded by Chesterfield Borough Council through the town’s Community Safety Partnership.

It is working with police and Derbyshire County Council following reports of nuisance behaviour in Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, and Eastwood Park, Hasland.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, the borough council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We are proud of our award-winning parks in Chesterfield but, unfortunately, there is a small minority of people who will choose to congregate in the parks and behave in a way which is intimidating for other park users and local residents

“We take this very seriously and we are working with the police and other partners to tackle this.”

The council recently issued its first Community Protection Notice which are given to people for offences including littering, noise pollution and criminal damage in the parks.

If the notice is breached, officers can issue a fixed penalty notice for £70 or take the offender to court.

Alternatively, officers can issue anti-social behaviour warning letters. If these are breached, this will be dealt with by police or the council.

Extra patrols by police and council staff have been arranged over the summer holiday period.

n Anyone who sees any anti-social behaviour should call police on 101.