Youths cause trouble at park

Orrell Water Park
Orrell Water Park

GANGS of youths have been causing trouble at a popular Wigan beauty spot.

Teens aged between 14 and 17 - believed to have come from as far as Skelmersdale, Up Holland, Haydock and St Helens - have been congregating and intimidating residents and visitors in and around Orrell Water Park.

This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable, they are causing a nuisance to those using the water park and local residents

PC Dickinson

Officers have recently had to remove a teenage girl from the area due to her heavily drunken state.

And in light of 13-year-old Miracle Godson’s drowning in Appley Bridge Quarry in April, police also fear for their safety, as they may be swimming in the open water.

PC Dickinson, neighbourhood beat officer for Orrell, said; “This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable, they are causing a nuisance to those using the water park and local residents.

“The area offers many dangers and we do not want another death in open water as was unfortunately experienced recently in Appley Bridge. We are aware of the identity of a number of youths involved and will be following up these enquiries in due course.

“The area PCSO Andy Jones and I are working closely alongside Wigan Council’s anti-social behaviour unit and the local schools.

“Parents, please can you be aware of your child’s whereabouts and to ensure they do not get mixed up in criminal activities.”

Councillors have also been working with the police to tackle the issue.

Coun David Arrowsmith, who represents Orrell and Billinge ward, said: “I have been contacted by a resident on Lodge Road and been working with PSCO Andy Jones and the council’s anti-social behaviour unit to help with this problem. Ideally we will be trying to get temporary CCTV in the water park. We won’t tolerate this kind of behaviour and all ward councillors will work with local agencies to stop the trouble in the ward.”

If anyone spots anti-social behaviour, report the issue via 101.