Youths carrying sticks intimidate female PCSOs in Mersey Park

At 6pm on Thursday 6 April, youths behaved in an intimidating manner towards two female PCSOs patrolling Mersey Park, Tranmere, by surrounding them and then lining up preventing the PCSOs from accessing their police vehicle.

Some of the youths were carrying sticks, one of which was thrown towards officers and another at a moving police van. Whilst some of the older youths in the group saw sense and backed down, some younger ones did not. Ages of this group range from 9 to 17.

Local Policing Inspector Greenhalgh said, “Body-worn footage recorded the incident and the main individuals can expect contact from Police/ASB Team/Housing over the next couple of weeks.

“Some think face coverings are preventing police from identifying them, but I can assure you it is not. Any parent who wishes to come forward with their child to be dealt following this incident can contact Merseyside police quoting Occurrence number 23000302007”.

“It is disappointing to see some youths’ behaviour during the nicer weather and school holiday periods. Whilst the majority of youths are [well] parented and well behaved, there continues to be those who are not and show zero respect, using face coverings which intimidates and perhaps in the belief they will get away with disgraceful behaviours.

“Police and members of the public will not tolerate this. To those parents whose children are hanging around streets/parks with their friends, please be aware of where they are and what they get up to, because we will be knocking on the doors of parents and will be dealing with criminal offences and ASB.

“Our ASB team work alongside the Council and housing providers to follow up such incidents also. As part of enquiries to identify some of the youths we will be speaking with schools.”

Images: Merseyside Police

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