Police in Bolsover are putting on extra patrols to target anti-social behaviour.
The Bolsover Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is stepping up their campaign following reports of groups of youngsters gathering around the Market Place and town centre on Friday evenings.
Alcohol has been seized from underage drinkers and letters delivered to parents to advise them about their youngster’s behaviour.
The letters also warn that the youngsters could face further action if they are found with alcohol for a second time
PCSO Ben Perry of the Bolsover Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “A minority of the youngsters we speak to are getting involved with anti-social behaviour, which is often related to drinking alcohol, and this is spoiling the area for others.”
Officers are also working with off-licences and pubs in the local area to make sure they are checking for ID before selling alcohol, especially to anyone who looks under the age of 25.
PCSO Perry added: “There are plenty of free activities on offer for youngsters on Friday evenings in the local area, including football at The Bolsover School, Extreme Wheels sessions at Bolsover Assembly Rooms and a youth club at Bolsover Methodist Church.
“We would encourage young people to get involved in these positive activities along with their friends, and in a warmer, safer environment away from the streets.
“Parents can also help us by making sure they know what their youngster is up to when they are out and by ensuring they are not consuming alcohol.”
To contact the Bolsover Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the team on Twitter: @BolsoverSNT with details.