WORRIED villagers whose lives are being blighted by relentless yobbish behaviour are calling for more to be done to stamp out the “horrendous” on-going problem.
Gangs of hooded youths are wreaking havoc on the streets of Pilsley, near Clay Cross, leaving people “scared to death”, claimed one concerned resident when the Derbyshire Times visited the village this week.
The villager, who is too fearful to be identified, said: “There are gangs hanging around the local park and the local church virtually every night, drinking, smoking and doing drugs.
“It’s just horrendous, absolutely horrendous. They’re going around throwing stones and bottles at people’s houses, they’re setting fire to dustbins and they’re smashing fences.”
The resident added: “Folk are scared to death. They daren’t go out after 9pm, they’re worried about walking their dogs, they’re worried about taking out their bins.
“This has been going on for more than five years and now the problem seems to have reached a peak.
“Pilsley people are on a curfew. The gangs are taking over the streets.”
Villagers called for more police in Pilsley to help tackle the anti-social behaviour and they added: “We need to see an end to all this.”
In January, officers were granted a dispersal order to break up groups of troublesome youths in Pilsley.
Although this power came to an end last month, police said they were continuing to clamp down on the ‘small group of youngsters involved in nuisance behaviour in Pilsley.’
Inspector Michelle Shooter, who is in charge of policing in NE Derbyshire, said: “We are carrying out dedicated anti-social behaviour patrols and officers continue to seize alcohol from youngsters.
“In addition, special constables are patrolling the village and officers have carried out numerous hours of overtime to police the area and enforce the dispersal order.
“We have found no evidence of drug use by the young people.”
Insp Shooter said that police were working with trading standards and local licensees to ensure they are not selling alcohol to youngsters.
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