Families are calling for action against a group of yobs who have been causing havoc near their homes.
Residents in Bradwell claim a group of around seven youths have been hanging around the shops in Hanbridge Avenue over a three-month period.
They say the yobs:
- Vandalise property;
- Throw snowballs at passing cars, shop windows and people;
- Attempt to steal Christmas lights from people’s homes;
- Throw firecrackers at shop assistants;
- Look through people’s windows.
Now they are calling on the teenagers’ parents to clamp down on the anti-social behaviour.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Its an ongoing situation around the Bradwell area, involving a group of lads between the ages of 12 and 15.
“They have been causing a lot of issues for the locals, which include anti-social behaviour such as vandalism, aiming and throwing snowballs at flat windows, buildings, cars and people, attempting to steal people’s outdoor Christmas lights and looking through car and flat windows too.
“There was a group of lads messing around with a resident’s car and they pelted the windows with snowballs. It’s been an ongoing situation.
“For mine and my son’s safety, I do wish to remain anonymous.”
Steven Machin, aged 56, from Bradwell, said: “I saw the group of lads throwing snowballs at cars and vans in the road. One of them was even throwing them at the post office van. And they aren’t snow balls, they are ice balls and could have bricks in.
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“It’s ridiculous. I’ve got four kids at home and I think the parents of these children should be fined. They must know what they are up to and they shouldn’t even be out during the middle of a pandemic.
“It is very dangerous and could have easily smashed the cars’ windscreens, it’s quite easy. They were throwing them at the shops as well. They don’t care.”
Chris Harris works as a shop assistant in Hanbridge Avenue and says yobs have even thrown firecrackers at him.
The 23-year-old, from Bradwell, said: “The anti-social behaviour has been going on for a couple of months, since around Halloween.
“I had firecrackers thrown at me and a group of youths were throwing snowballs at the cars and vans going past the other day. A couple of them also threw them at the shop window.”
Staffordshire Police was called to Drayson Place, in Bradwell, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday (December 29) to reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.
Officers attended and carried out a search, but the alleged culprits could not be found.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at about 5.30pm on Tuesday (29 December) to an address in Newcastle following reports of anti-social behaviour involving about seven youths targeting cars with snowballs.
“Officers attended and conducted a search of the area. However, the offenders had left the scene.”