Saturday, 29 September 2007

SOUTHPORT: Yobs descend on posh suburb

Yobs descend on posh suburb
POLICE have launched a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in an affluent Southport estate.

Residents in the Radnor Drive and Knob Hall Lane area of Churchtown have been plagued for months by teenage yobs causing trouble and destroying property.

The trouble has included youths urinating on driveways, knocking down walls, vandalising property, throwing eggs at residents and even smashing the windows of a disability car.

Following a meeting with residents and councillors, police bosses have decided to increase their presence in the area to tackle the problem.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Moss told The Champion: “We held a surgery last week and allowed residents to voice their concerns.

“As a result we have increased the number of patrols in the Radnor Drive and Knob Hall Lane area to reassure people and control anti-social behaviour.

“These problems are caused by a minority of local youths, we have a good idea of who they are and we are taking steps to deal with it and make the neighbourhood a nicer place to live.”

One resident told us: “People are scared to go out for fear of what might happen to their homes while they’re away, but the response from the authorities has been very encouraging and everyone feels safe for now.”

Cllr Sue McGuire, who also attended the surgery, said: “We had a really useful and productive meeting and it was a great opportunity for the residents to tell myself and the police about what they have experienced.

“The council is equally determined to clamp down on youth disorder and help the residents feel safer.”

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