We are from the council and are here to stop your kids running around
Newark and Sherwood District Council has sent letters to youngsters who have been found playing cricket, tennis and football warning they could be arrested and fined up to £100 in a magistrates' court.
Lynn Pallett, the council's anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, said: "We are not intending to spoil anyone's fun.
"However, if children must play any type of ball game in the street, it must be in an acceptable manner.
Nice to know the council employs someone to co-ordinate its anti social behaviour. Of course we don't want kids to have fun and run around in their own way, it must be council approved.