Resident: ‘I’m afraid to go out after dark’

Picture by Julian Brown for LEP 24/08/15''Vandalism and graffiti in the back of Yorkshire Street area which has seen anti social behaviour recently''Anti social behaviour in Morecambe
Picture by Julian Brown for LEP 24/08/15''Vandalism and graffiti in the back of Yorkshire Street area which has seen anti social behaviour recently''Anti social behaviour in Morecambe

Anti-social behaviour is causing problems in parts of Morecambe with residents having to endure eggs being thrown with live chicks and dog poo inside, graffiti defacing property, gangs of teenagers fighting, drinking and smoking in the street, drug taking, arson and criminal damage. Reporter Michelle Blade investigates

Drug dealing, fighting and children as young a six throwing stones are causing carnage according to West End residents.

Picture by Julian Brown for LEP 24/08/15''Vandalism and graffiti on the seafront near Yorkshire Street  which has seen anti social behaviour recently''Anti social behaviour in Morecambe

Picture by Julian Brown for LEP 24/08/15''Vandalism and graffiti on the seafront near Yorkshire Street which has seen anti social behaviour recently''Anti social behaviour in Morecambe

Neighbours have spoken out over their fear that children as young as six are causing reckless damage to the community along with drug dealing and fighting.

One resident who has lived in the West End for 18 months, has said the activity has been happening for months and is now afraid to go out of her home after dark.

She said: “Within the first few months of moving in, a shop was broken into via the back door.

“Children as young as six are throwing stones at the buildings, as well as verbally abusing people who pass 
them or look at them incorrectly.

“The teenagers also do the same but they add in fighting, drinking and smoking to the mix.

“Then there is at least one property where the occupants either have tons of friends or are dealing drugs.”

Another neighbour said: “It’s the disruption at night and the mess. It’s the same people causing the problems.

“Drugs are being freely sold from a house and this goes on all night.

“I’ve put my heart and soul into doing this house up for me and my kids. It’s horrible.

“I’ve been to the council and the police.Something happens every night.”

Anti-social behaviour issues in the West End were raised with police.

Morecambe Police Inspector Kirstie Banks-Lyon responded, saying: “In relation to anti-social behaviour in the areas mentioned the levels reported to the police appear to be similar to last year and still show a decrease on previous years.

“There has been issues with windows being egged but again this appears to have abated at this time.

“I have spoken to the Community Beat Manager who confirms this.

“There has been an increase in criminal damage offences across the whole of Morecambe district (covers Carnforth and Heysham as well) – again the increase in the West End is comparable to the increase in the rest of the district.Arson does not appear to be an issue. My advice would be for issues to be raised via 101 or emailing the NHP team on Morecambe.NPT@lancashire.pnn.police.uk.”

A spokesman on the Morecambe Police Facebook page, which ran an appeal to catch the egg throwing culprits, said: “It appears we have some groups in the West End mainly around the Parliament Street, Devonshire Road, Regent Road areas who think it is great fun to throw eggs at houses.

“Not only does it frighten the victim who is on the receiving end of their prank but it inconveniences them at the expense of their thoughtless behaviour.

“I’m sure people who have been on the receiving end will agree it is extremely difficult to remove. Anti social behaviour is something we aim to keep on top of so please help us identify this group.”

Everyone is working together to try and solve issues of anti-social behaviour on Gardner Road, said a Heysham councillor.

Councillor Margaret Pattison has been approached by residents up in arms about the ongoing issues on their street.

Coun Pattison said: “We had a discussion at a recent meeting at my surgery with residents, a PCSO and Environmental Health.

“Kids keep setting fire to rubbish round the corner so its a vicious circle.

“I’d go and paint over the graffiti myself but if it’s private property we can’t touch it.

“You feel better when the area looks better so everyone is working together to try and solve these issues, including the police.

“There is also an issue with planning permission for some derelict buildings nearby which has held things up.

“We will be holding another meeting in a few weeks ‘time to try and work things out together.”