Community vows to fight yobs

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A WIGAN community has vowed to stand together to fight the yobs who are blighting their lives.

Residents of Abram say they are plagued with crime and as they have been keeping a watchful eye over the streets, some have even vowed to take matters into their own hands in a desperate bid to stop the crime from spreading.

Police today warned against any actions that could be deemed vigilantism. Over the last few weeks Richie’s Salon, Chinese take-away Wok Wok and Abram doctor’s surgery, all in Warrington Road, have been raided. Residents are also experiencing problems: witnessing offenders trying car doors, with vehicles and shed broken into in Kingsdown Road and acid poured onto cars.

There have also been burglaries in houses in Oak Avenue and Simpkin Street.

During a public meeting with local PCSOs, residents asked for high profile police patrols and said they would work together to tackle crime.

A spokesman for the residents, who did not wish to be named for fear of being targeted by criminals, said: “If I see someone trying to steal or damage my car, I would try to stop them and even attempt a citizen’s arrest.

“I am willing to stay up and patrol the area myself as by the time we call the police and they arrive, the offender would have gone.

“We as a community, need to show we will not tolerate this. It is police presence we want as this will stop people as they know they won’t get away with it.

“We are reporting all crimes we see and encourage others to do the same as this will show the criminals we are taking action and it will make it easier for the police to catch the culprits.

“We are angry because Abram is a lovely place to live but it is being ruined by one or two individuals.

“We are a really tight community and won’t stand for this. We need these criminals to know they are being watched and they will be caught and punished.”

Sgt Eamon Doherty said: “We have noticed an increase in burglary, shed breaks and vehicle crime in the area recently. We are currently increasing patrols in an attempt to address this issue.

“Obviously we would strongly advise against any sort of vigilante action from members of the public and would instead encourage people to contact us either by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency to alert us of any suspicious activity.

“We are aware that whilst concerns have been discussed on social media, these incidents have not been directly reported to the police. I would encourage the public to contact us on every occasion in order that we can respond appropriately.”