POLICE are urging parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing, ahead of a sunny weekend.

The plea follows an increase in anti-social behaviour in the Scarborough area now that some coronavirus restrictions have been eased.

Recent incidents include the arrest of a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of criminal damage and assaulting a police officer after a youth was seen jumping on top of a police vehicle who then became abusive on arrest.

A large group of youths were also seen in the area drinking prior to the incident.

In another incident, emergency services and the coastguard were involved in rescuing a young man who became stuck after climbing up the castle cliff after drinking with a group of friends.

“We are not yet out of the woods in terms of the spread of virus,” said Chief Inspector Rachel Wood of Scarborough and Ryedale Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“We know young people are finding the current situation and restrictions difficult and want to be out with their friends.

“However, we urge parents to ensure they set boundaries for their teens and ensure they don’t make life a misery for local people.

“You must understand that if you break the law, you can expect to face the law.”

The force also received reports that a large groups of visitors to Goathland over the bank holiday weekend had left behind a trail of litter and dirt.

Officers are working with partner agencies to prevent further acts of anti-social behaviour from visitors to the area.

“People can still catch it, including your children, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters,” added Chief Inspector Wood.

“Please respect our local communities and the sacrifices many have made over the past two months to ensure we have more freedom now.

“Keep in mind the purpose of the regulations and the national effort to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.”