WORRIED residents are urging police to step up patrols in Halton View, saying roving gangs have picked a spot near their homes as their latest haunt.
Matters reached boiling point on Kingham Close and Melville Close on May 19, when a series of confrontations took place between householders and a gang of 20-30 youths.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said the gang had started to gather behind St John Fisher School and the residents ignored the rowdy behaviour.
But that night, someone smashed a vodka bottle on the pavement as they walked through the estate.
He said about 12 neighbours went out and ended up challenging the yobs, who they say threatened and verbally abused them.
One neighbour was threatened with an iron bar and scuffles broke out as the residents attempted to 'usher' the gang away from their homes and cars.
The resident said the gang is mainly 14- to 15-year-old boys and girls, with older ringleaders aged 18-19 who appear to buy the booze.
He said: 'Since this night we have seen the CSOs out providing some reassurance during the day and a couple of times at night.
'But we would like them to come out on a Friday and Saturday night to wander around because, as time goes by, these teenagers will only become braver.
'It is worrying that we are having altercations, with these young people standing up to people who are 50-60 years old.'
Halton View councillor Rob Polhill said: 'We have met the police to address these problems because it's causing concern.'