TERRIFIED neighbours are barricading their homes in fear of gangs of kids who are running a 'campaign' of terror in their street.
And some of the yobs are just seven years old.
A one woman who has lived on Bancroft Road for 40 years says she fears attacks by the youths aged between seven and 18 who gather at the shops and nearby Crow Wood Park.
Councillor Rob Polhill, of Halton View ward, has written to police and says the council is looking into the matter.
He has spoken of his 'astonishment' at the sheer weight of complaints about youth crime he has received in the past 10 days.
The woman said recent incidents include a caravan being torched and said it was a 'miracle' no-one was injured or even killed as a gas bottle inside exploded.
She said drug dealers operate openly and the residents, many in their 70s and 80s, are 'absolutely fed up' with being victimised and are often too scared to even look out of the window.
She said Sunday was a 'typical day' which began with youths creating chaos outside the shops, a garden fence being wrecked youths 'sniffing' drugs on a wall, while one acted as lookout.
She claims blatant drug dealing takes place and that many teenagers descend on the area from across Widnes and beyond and are even dropped off by parents. Vandalism such as window-smashing is also rife.
She said: 'These trouble makers are hard-faced, nasty and really aggressive. Sometimes I don't go out of my house at all. Now we are dreading Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night.
'People deserve the right to live in peace without fear of intimidation. There are many longstanding residents in Bancroft Road who fear going out at night and also during the day.
'I want parents in Widnes to ask their children where they go at night as the majority of the troublemakers come from other areas of the town.'
Cllr Polhill said: 'I have received a number of letters and calls about this situation and I can honestly say that in all the time I have been a councillor I have never had so many complaints about youth crime, especially over the past 10 days.
'From the council's point of view we are trying to give the kids something to do in the evening, but there seems to be a handful of youths who are causing the trouble and the residents and businesses are very concerned.'