Thugs and vandals face fines of up to £1,000 if they break one of the new regulations, clearly marked on more than 20 signs at parks across the borough.

Park rangers and police have taken up regular patrols in hotspot areas where youths tend to gather and cause trouble, with CCTV cameras being introduced in many of the parks.

Deputy council leader, Cllr Peter Moyle has been instrumental in the introduction of the new by-laws. He said: “The council will not tolerate antisocial behaviour — we are determined to put a stop to it.

“People should be able to use our parks and town centres without feeling threatened. Between the toughened by-laws, our park rangers and the police, we can now attack this sort of behaviour from all directions.”

As well as providing a uniformed presence in the parks, the rangers have been fully trained in the new regulations and will be enforcing them throughout Rushmoor.

This follows a spate of antisocial incidents in North Camp with youths regularly drinking alcohol on the Queen’s Road recreation ground and terrorising local residents.

People have had their gardens vandalised and doors repeatedly kicked by intoxicated youngsters, who litter the children’s play area with bottles and rubbish. Community beat sergeant Darren Murphy said: “There are groups of more than 20 youths hanging out at the recreation ground and at times there have been more than 40.

“We have been targeting these youths since January, but more issues have come to light over the last few weeks.

“We’ve arrested two youths already for drink-related offences and another three have been taken back to their parents.

“Letters are also being sent out to them to highlight these issues.”

The park rangers have been busy cleaning up the area to make it suitable for children to play in and will fine any youths that break the new by-laws.

One of their more successful operations includes Aldershot’s Municipal Gardens where drug addicts and alcoholics had ruled the roost for years, abusing people who tried to walk through the park and littering the ground with needles, bottles and condoms.

A joint clean-up scheme was launched by local ward councillors David Clifford, Frances Williams, Eddie Poole and the rangers, who cleared out tons of rubbish over a period of around ten months.

The problems have eased up in the area according to local people who have set up a preservation group called Friends of Municipal Gardens.

This group will help the rangers by maintaining their environmental work — by tending to the flowerbeds and garden areas.

Insp Sharon Petherbridge at Aldershot police station said there had been a big improvement at the gardens.

“I hope this success continues into the summer when the evenings are lighter and warmer and more people are likely to be in the parks.

“Aldershot has some lovely parks and families should be able to enjoy them, especially one like Municipal Gardens which has facilities for children, without being exposed to the drunks there.”

Cllr Moyle added: “Any conduct not covered by the by-laws is covered by statute law and enforced by the police, so there is nowhere to hide for those who persist in acting antisocially.

“These by-laws now carry heavy fines, which we hope will show how serious we are about dealing with this problem, and people should be under no illusion that where necessary we will prosecute,” he said.

Pictured from the left Steve Harris, senior park ranger; Pc John McCaig and Rushmoor Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Peter Moyle, with the new by-laws sign to be put up at Cove Green, Cove.