Police were forced to deal with rising anti-social behaviour in a town centre after children were sent home from school due to coronavirus.
Officers saw an increase in trouble in Biddulph after the pandemic forced schools to close last Friday.
Teenagers showed a flagrant disregard for social distancing advice by gathering at known hotspots around Sainsbury’s and Halls Road playing fields and outside Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre.
Police are now working to identify the children responsible for issues such as intimidating passersby, noise and drinking.
And they are also reminding parents about the importance of keeping their children as the country went into full lockdown last night.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Since the schools have started sending students home during the week, then ultimately closing the schools, we have seen an increase of anti-social behaviour from students in Biddulph town centre.
“We would remind people there is a public space protection order in place.
“We are currently investigating and identifying children responsible, who will be dealt with for any breaches and public order offences.
“We would like to remind children, parents and carers that the schools have been closed for a reason and children should not be congregating in public when social distancing and stay at home advice is in place. Failing to do this puts yourselves and others at needless risk.”