DOZENS of children were returned home following a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
Police in Wirral focused on late-night under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour in parks and open spaces.
They worked with youth workers to identify and solve the reasons for the children’s behaviour.
Whenever a child was found engaging in anti-social behaviour, they were taken to a safe place in the community.
There the children were assessed by social workers before a parent or guardian was contacted.
The Staysafe scheme operated for nine nights in Wirral.
During that time, 62 children or young people were safely returned to their homes.
A further 10 were taken to a safe place having been found drinking in the street.
Acting Inspector Simon Fitzpatrick said: “The aim of this initiative wasn't just about enforcement, but also about educating young people.”