POLICE are to take steps to tackle criminal behaviour by youths in a Flintshire village, an Inspector has said.

Flintshire South inspector Iwan Jones told the Leader on Thursday that his team had been made aware of a number of issues involving older children in Treuddyn.

He said: "We have issues with people gathering in the park during the early evening. "They are older kids and their behaviour transgresses what is normally deemed to be anti-social behaviour.

"It is actually criminal behaviour involving public order offences, assault and disorderly behaviour.

"We will be dealing with this as criminal behaviour as opposed to anti-social behaviour.

"We have been in contact with the schools, which has been very helpful, and will be in contact with parents.

"My message to parents would be that we are here to keep everyone safe. "There is a responsibility for people to know where their children are and what they are doing.

"If they have concerns they can contact their neighbourhood policing team, or call 101.

"If they have any information to offer, that's the key for us."