Police patrol park near Chesterfield and issue Covid warning after 'thuggish behaviour'
Police in a village near Chesterfield have stepped up patrols after reports of anti-social behaviour.
Officers say residents in Wingerworth are fed up of 'foul language and thuggish behaviour' in Allendale Park.
Wingerworth and Rural Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) say they took action on Friday night by seizing booze and escorting one youth, who refused to give his details, home to his parents.
The police team said: “Patrols were also conducted around Chartwell Park, Speighthill Woods and areas around North Wingfield and Clay Cross.
“We have been responding to the people of Wingerworth who are fed up of youths that want to ruin the image of Allendale Park and ponds for the people who take their children to the play area and others that want a peaceful walk around the ponds, that do not want to be subjected to foul language and thuggish behaviour.
“We will interact and identify anyone that fails to act responsibly.
“Unfortunately, we are not going to please everyone with this post but I think the majority will support our actions.
“We would suggest that parents liaise with their offspring and remind them that we are still in the grip of a pandemic and we all need to act responsibly.”
When officers posted an appeal on Facebook, many residents supported their response.
Carole Ann said: "Thanks for the work you are doing. Obviously you are right about the Covid restrictions, however if they would be respectful of their surroundings and other people ALL the time, it would be appreciated.”