Cheadle police officers to use ‘reasonable force’ on anti-social youths

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An order has been put in place giving Cheadle officers the power to tackle anyone aged 10 and over suspected of anti-social behaviour.

The order has been put in place following an increase in anti-social behaviour in the town.

Officers will order those committing or suspected of committing the offence to leave the area.

Failing to comply is a criminal offence, and officers can remove anyone 16 and under with ‘reasonable force’.

Sergeant Samantha Tweats, of the Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Team, said: “Following an increase in calls from concerned residents, we will be patrolling the town centre over the coming days to tackle any instances of anti-social behaviour.

“I must stress Cheadle is a very safe and low crime area to live.

“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in our community.

“Anyone involved, either individually or as part of a group, will be dealt with accordingly.

“I’d like to appeal to parents and guardians to ensure that they know where their children are, what they are up to and who they are with.”

They can issue notices for a period of 48 hours.

Anyone found breaching a notice is liable to be arrested and prosecuted.

You can report anti-social behaviour by calling 101.

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