Police in Staveley are stepping up patrols to target residents’ concerns about anti-social behaviour in Staveley town centre.
The issues have been around groups of young people gathering in the area around the Market Square, Morrisons and the Healthy Living Centre.
PCSO Anna Kelsey of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team said large groups were often intimidating.
She added: “Some people have found some of the language that the groups have been using offensive. Damage has been caused to trees in the town centre and local shop windows.
“Patrols are being carried out and I would encourage people to contact the police if they see any anti-social behaviour so that we can take action not only in the short-term, but also so we can build a picture of the issue and work with partners to find longer term solutions if necessary.”
Anthony Hill, Chesterfield Borough Councillor for Hollingwood and Inkersall, said: “This has been getting worse during the last three months and my worry is that you could see local kids who are normally well-behaved getting dragged down by it.”
Anyone witnessing anti-social behaviour or with information about those responsible should call Derbyshire police on 101.