Posted on Wednesday 20th July

The summer holidays mean that young people have a lot more time on their hands – and sometimes do things they later regret.

So to make sure your children stay safe why not visit the Cheshire Police website upbeat.uk.com where you can find out what’s taking place in your community to keep your children entertained.

The website details activities that are taking place across the county; and with activities ranging from football coaching to DJ sessions, you can be sure that your children will have plenty to do this summer.

Superintendent Bill Dutton said: “Although young people are rightly excited about the idea of a six week holiday they can sometimes end up getting bored, and perhaps fall into mischief, and do things that they may later regret.

“That’s why we’re keen to remind parents to make sure their children stay safe this summer. By taking simple steps such as encouraging your children to take part in some of the planned activities that are taking place you can ensure that they stay out of trouble.

“We’re here for communities and we want to ensure that all young people stay on the right side of the law this summer.”

As well as listing some of the activities that are taking place, the site also links to partner agency websites where you can find out even more information about activities in your area.

Superintendent Dutton added: “Whilst we want young people to have a good time, we don’t want them to fall into trouble, and we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour which harms other people and causes concern.

“The local police officers and Police Community Support Officers will be proactively patrolling areas where complaints are made, and action may be taken against anyone who is found to be breaking the law – young or old.

“Anti-social behaviour can range from vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting to rowdy, noisy behaviour. We also want to make sure that everyone is treated with respect no matter what their race or ethnicity.

“Although sometimes it may not seem serious to you, it can often cause distress and discomfort to other people, and it is not acceptable.

“Anyone who is found to be breaking the law could face the prospect of getting a civil injunction, a criminal behaviour order or an acceptable behaviour contract.”

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “It’s great to see some of the proactive work that is taking place this summer to tackle antisocial behaviour and keep young people safe.

“Anti-social behaviour can have a major impact on communities, and whilst the majority of young people stay out of trouble, there are a small number who sometimes get involved in activities they may later regret, due to boredom or peer pressure.

“Engaging with young people is a vital part of the work that PCSOs and officers undertake, and by encouraging young people to participate in some of the activities taking place this summer we can make a real difference to local communities.”

Anyone who is concerned about anti-social behaviour in their local community is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or engage with your local policing team at the various priority setting and engagement events they hold, details of which are available on our website.