Police crackdown on gangs of youths

Crime story
Crime story

CHILDREN as young as 10 are causing havoc in a Wigan neighbourhood.

The police are currently working with Wigan Council to tackle the growing problem of anti social behaviour in Ince – particularly Ince Green Lane; Pinewood Crescent; Spindlewood Drive and Junction Terrace.

The youths – aged between 10 and 16 – are throwing mud and eggs at people’s houses; trashing bus stops and intimidating elderly residents.

Police are now putting on extra patrols in the area.

PCSO Katrina Hamilton said: “Over the past few months we have had problems with youths who are intimidating residents and causing a nuisance in the area around Spindlewood Drive, Ince.

“Several residents have reported damage to their properties and abuse from a group thought to live in the immediate area.

“We have had to change our shifts to patrol that area between 6pm and 10pm so we can take action.

“We are working with the council because a lot of the offenders are living in social housing, run by Wigan and Leigh Homes and anti social behaviour can affect their tenancy.

“The council will be clamping down on this.

“Our next step is to go into schools so we can make pupils aware that this will not be tolerated.

“Letters will also be sent to parents so they know what is going on and to keep an eye on what their children are doing.

“The police are now taking a zero tolerance approach to this problem. Those found to be involved will be dealt with swiftly.”

Anyone who has any information can ring 101.

A spokesman for Wigan Council said its anti-social behaviour teams were working with the police and Wigan and Leigh Homes to address incidents of anti-social behaviour in Ince.

Steps that could be taken by officers include home visits, warnings, acceptable behaviour contracts and if it is persistent Anti Social Behaviour Orders and injunctions.

Vicky Bannister, director of tenancy services for Wigan and Leigh Homes, said: “We take incidents of anti-social behaviour very seriously.

“We work closely with the police and Wigan Council to make sure that any patterns of unacceptable behaviour are quickly stopped and the perpetrators made to address their behaviour.

“Our tenancy enforcement team have a range of tools at their disposal and we will be working with our partners to make sure that appropriate action is taken.”