Readers have shared their views on what needs to be done to tackle anti-social behaviour after a Workington town councillor said that parents need to ‘get a grip of their children’.

Further dispersal orders were put in place in Workington town centre last weekend due to ongoing issues.

Councillor Paul Scott has called on parents and the police to do more as anti-social behaviour continues to plague the town.

News & Star readers were asked what they think should be done to tackle the problem.

David Eyley said: "Parents: pure and simple! Some, not all, have no idea about what is right and wrong, and have never put any boundaries for their little angels in place from day 1. It isn't the police's job to round them up and march them back home. Fine the parents for negligence, that might make some take responsibility."

Claire Ferguson wrote: "I feel we all need to play a part, to be fair.

"Parents are scared these days, and schools, to punish children because children feel they have far too many rights.

"Peer pressure from social groups and social media. Some of these kids are terrified of being left out or bullied if they go against what someone else feels is right.

"I feel in our town, the teens especially, have nowhere to go, the cinema and bowling cost money and some families struggle the best of times. You can't get a job properly until you're 16 now, plus most businesses can't afford to employ due to current situations.

"Parks are over run by teens at night. The skate park is so small, it doesn't allow for many children for the size of the town.

"Why don't they do a poll in schools so all kids have choice and come to some kind of space they can enjoy?

"Just a thought."

Sarah Oliver posted: "Community police officers that go out and talk to the young ones, check they have all had a warm meal, feel safe to go home, have adequate clothing for weather and temperature.

"Young people who are out causing trouble are most likely scared to go home, because of domestic violence, abuse, no food, unsanitary conditions, drug dealing. Or a parent who is suffering from severe mental health issues they can't deal with.

"They then cause trouble to vent frustration and anger on the public, who don't deserve it either but these young people don't know how deal with their emotions, teenage hormones etc. and a chaotic, or abusive home life.

"Some parents will not care at all or are suffering mental issues and can't help themselves."

Deborah Ferris added: "Give the kids somewhere to go and do, instead of just moving them on to other places. They're bored. I know it's no excuse, but what is there for them to do?"