FURIOUS residents in Lowerhouse Lane are up in arms after hundreds of booze-fuelled yobs caused havoc by rampaging around the streets throughout the day of Sunday's National League Finals.
The residents claimed hordes of rugby league fans made their weekend hell with a string of serious anti-social behaviour offences and say the violence culminated in one fan being slashed across the throat with a broken bottle in a Widnes pub.
Neighbours living in Lowerhouse Lane and Milton Avenue told of their anger after seeing fans squabbling in the streets, urinating in gardens and 'swigging litres' of Jack Daniels as they made their way to and from Halton Stadium.
One resident, who does not want to be named, said: 'There were hundreds of fans from 11am-7pm wandering around drinking from litre bottles of whisky and vodka, as well as cans of beer.
'At one point there was about 200 fans all congregating at the bottom end of Lowerhouse Lane being rowdy.
'One gang of yobs even stopped to urinate in a neighbour's garden. And although they were told to clear off they took no notice and carried on.'
Residents reported they saw police officers 'charge' into a pub close to the stadium to diffuse an argument which resulted in ambulances being sent to Milton Avenue.
Another resident added: 'It does not surprise anybody round here that things like this go on as people had been drinking since early in the morning.
'The residents were all out on their front drives complaining and the general feeling was that it was badly organised.'
Residents were also concerned that the emergency services would have access problems in the event of a fire.
She added: 'Residents could not get in or out and if there was a serious accident or fire then it would have been a problem for the emergency services to get there.'
A police spokeswoman said: 'Police were called to an incident at 5.15pm after receiving reports of a fight going on in a pub. When officers arrived there was no disturbance going on.
'But an elderly man, who was suffering with chest pains and was taken to hospital, did say there was an earlier disturbance in the pub.'