A PENSIONER has spoken out about the impact anti-social behaviour is having on an elderly community.
The 69-year-old woman, who does not wish to be named, says yobs are making life a misery for residents living in Wellesley Walk.
She says groups of young people are regularly hanging around alleyway entrances, causing damage to people’s property, stealing items from gardens and leaving a trail of litter and destruction.
The widow said: ‘I’m really fortunate because I’m a very active, confident lady. However, even I stay in of an evening because I don’t want any trouble. I have gone out to these groups a few times, to ask them to move on but you just get a load of abuse.
‘The police move them on but they just come back so what can you do? I feel really sorry for my neighbours. One recently had all the plant pots in her garden tipped all over the place.’
The woman says youngsters first began hanging around the community about 18 months ago.
Since then she has tried to raise the issue with agencies such as the police and local housing provider and has a meeting with MP Andrew Miller in June.
Inspector Richard Rees, of Ellesmere Port police, said: ‘We are doing all we can to address these problems but we’re never going to put a complete stop to them unless there’s a change in behaviour.
‘I certainly think it’s a great shame money which could be used to provide better facilities for children, is being wasted on repairing problems caused by the minority.’
Police say they closely monitor all reports of problems throughout Ellesmere Port & Neston.
Members of the community are encouraged to work with local officers in the campaign to cut crime and anyone with information about crime in their area is encouraged to contact the local Community Action Team on 0845 458 6373.
People can also pass information to the police anonymously by calling Crimestoppers 0800 555 111