POLICE will be forcing a crackdown on unruly youths following a spate of anti-social behaviour.
Gangs of around 30 have been spotted throwing rugby balls across lines of traffic in Orrell and doing wheelies on their bikes in the middle of the road, causing cars to swerve.
This is unacceptable behaviour and won’t be tolerated. Playing on any road is dangerous and can have serious consequencesCoun David Arrowsmith
Police and ward councillors have been monitoring the problem and warn youths that anti-social behaviour is not acceptable.
Coun Stephen Murphy said: “The police and local ASBO unit from Wigan have been aware of the problem for some time and have a dispersal order in place to move these youths on.
“Once again they seem to be congregating in the Orrell area.
“Not all of these are from the Orrell area but quite a number of them are.
“They seem to move on to other places after being moved as they can be arrested if they return.
“I will contact the local police to deal with the situation.
“If residents see anything, I urge them to contact the local councillors or the police, who can do something about the problem.”
Coun David Arrowsmith added: “This is unacceptable behaviour and won’t be tolerated. Playing on any road is dangerous and can have serious consequences.”
PC Martin Dickinson said: “We routinely patrol the area as part of Operation Armada and take all reports of anti-social behaviour seriously.
“On this occasion we received no calls relating to this incident at the time and we would therefore urge residents to report any incidents to the police so that we can investigate.
“Neighbourhood officers work closely with our partner agencies and community stakeholders to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour.”
Meanwhile, a group of six or seven yobs woke residents up in the early hours, by shouting and running up and down driveways throwing cardboard boxes around in Platt Fold Road and Holden Road, in Leigh.
If anyone sees any gangs causing trouble or criminal activity call the police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.