Police in Staveley are stepping up patrols to target residents’ concerns about anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
The issues have been around groups of young people gathering in the area around the Market Square, Morrisons and the Health Living Centre.
During the patrols, officers will target these areas and will take appropriate action against anyone found to be causing anti-social behaviour.
Signs have also been put up in those areas, paid for by the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership, to encourage people to report any issues or concerns to the police.
PCSO Anna Kelsey, of the Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: “Large groups can be intimidating to other residents and shoppers, and some people have found some of the language that the groups have been using.
“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 it is necessary.”
Anyone witnessing anti-social behaviour or with information about those responsible should call Derbyshire police on 101, except in an emergency, when you should dial 999.
Alternatively, you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online through their website, www.crimestoppers-uk.org.