Police officers across Greater Manchester have launched a series of operations to tackle antisocial behaviour during the Easter holidays.

There will be high-profile patrols in hotspot areas such as parks, outside takeaways and off-licences and in town centres at peak times to deter young people from causing trouble. Instead, they will be encouraged to take part in positive activities at local clubs and various sporting events.

As well as working closely with council teams, officers will be joined in their efforts by local volunteers and community projects from across the region such as Kickz, Nowt 2 Do, Street Pastors, Speedwatch, N-Gage and a wide range of youth clubs.

Tactics will include visits to licensed premises to remind staff of their responsibilities, enforcement of alcohol exclusion zones, alcohol being confiscated from underage drinkers, targeting known offenders and carrying out stop and search checks.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, GMP’s lead on antisocial behaviour issues, said: “Antisocial behaviour can really affect people’s quality of life.  Greater Manchester Police has been successfully working with residents and partners over the past year to tackle crime and antisocial issues.  Between 1 April 2011 and 1 March 2012 there were 12,983 fewer incidents of antisocial behaviour than during the previous 12 months, a drop of nine per cent.

“The bank holiday weekend provides a well-deserved rest for many people and I want to reassure residents that the police and partner agencies will be working together to tackle any antisocial behaviour problems.  However, we need parents to take responsibility for their children’s actions and know where their children are and what they are doing.

“By working with young people, parents, Youth Services and the council we aim to continue reducing crime and antisocial behaviour to ensure the Easter holidays can be enjoyed by all sections of the community.”

You can contact Police to report criminal activity, or antisocial behaviour, on the new non-emergency number 101, or 999 in an emergency where there is a threat to life or a crime in progress.

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