Villagers demand action on youths

NMAC12-1797-1''Teversal Peartree Lane
NMAC12-1797-1''Teversal Peartree Lane

FRUSTRATED Teversal residents are calling on police to clamp down on troublemakers in the village.

People living near Peartree Lane have reported seeing nuisance youths who have been using drugs, urinating and leaving behind litter and debris including needles.

They say that police had previously clamped down on the anti-social behaviour but it appears to have flared up again.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “They are in cars and there are usually about four of them in a car.

“A few weeks ago, there were six cars and 24 of them.

“They were doing handbrake turns. They are boy racers and they race through the village at 50 or 60mph.”

The man says that the youths are aged between 18 and 20-years-old and when he has approached them about the litter, they have denied it.

He added that police action in the past had been effective.

“When I reported it some months ago, the youths did not come. Then, all of a sudden, one came back then two or three.

“One lady can’t take her children down there.

“It’s happening nearly every night of the week.”

Meanwhile, PCSO Lorraine Stephenson said: “We are aware of a number of issues of antisocial behaviour in Peartree Lane.

“We have found some evidence in relation to drug use in the vicinity and are making enquiries in the locality.

“In the meantime, we have directed patrols to the area in a bid to deter the culprits and are working closely with the victim to improve their security.”

And Coun Jason Zadrozny, whose Sutton North ward includes Teversal added: “It has been been a problem historically and lots of stolen cars end up down there.

“Because it is behind the football fields it has always been a regular drugs den because it is very quiet.

“We need to think creatively about how to solve it. I think it needs a multi-agency approach.”