Cleethorpes street terrorised by young thugs and vandals
THE bad behaviour of youths in a Cleethorpes street has forced one family from their home and turned the lives of others into a nightmare, it has been claimed.
Residents were terrified after a night of disturbances in which windows were smashed at two properties and another resident's car had its windscreen shattered.
Neighbours John Latham, 43, and Virgilio "Gino" Tedde, 65, were today counting the cost of the criminal damage following the trouble on Thursday at about 10pm in Taylor Street.
They have called on fellow residents and the police to help curb the behaviour of young people in the street.
The incidents have happened just days after the Grimsby Telegraph reported how 16-year-old Macauley Roberts, who lived in the street with his family, received a two-year Asbo for a string of offences which brought misery to residents.
Today, residents have told the newspaper how their quality of life has been blighted by underage drinking and vandalism.
They have also been disturbed by a group of young people playing football there, kicking the ball against residents' doors, windows and cars.
Mr Latham has now moved out to live with relatives because of the repeated disturbance caused to his young family.
"We received a phone call on Thursday so I came racing round to find boulders under the front window," he said.
"We need CCTV cameras at our properties because it is getting out of hand.
"Ever since my girlfriend and I had a baby last year, we were unable to sleep because of the noise in the street.
"Even when I installed a CCTV camera it was knocked off the wall and my gutters have been broken off."
Mr Latham has footage of the violent aftermath of parties hosted by neighbours, on which people are seen fighting in the street.
He also has footage of youths throwing tightly-packed snowballs at the camera. It was knocked off its mount and broke the guttering.
His neighbour, Mr Tedde, has compiled a log of incidents, which have been reported to the police.
The pensioner, who suffers from a chronic heart and spinal condition, said facilities are available for young people nearby, but are not used.
He said: "Thursday night was the worst. This street is like Beirut and is beyond control. It is a street of outlaws.
"Some evenings there are underage drinkers, and they don't just kick the ball against walls but really smash it. The ball ends up in people's gardens and on roofs.
"You see kids clambering over garages and barbed wire. Someone could get seriously hurt."
The frustrated resident said when he challenged some of the young people about their behaviour, he was met with abuse.
"There was no respect and I felt intimidated," he added.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said arrests were made, and inquiries were continuing.
"Police have received a number of calls for service in connection with incidents on Taylor Street," they said.
"Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have been and spoken to residents in the street and a number of individuals, who appear to have been causing concern for residents.
"The situation is being monitored. There are three people in custody.
"As part of an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour, police officers and PCSOs carry out regular patrols during peak times when such issues tend to take place.
"As such, our aim is not just to reduce the problem but also understand why such incidents occur in order to try to ensure that we find a sustainable solution for the area which doesn't just see the problem shifting round the corner."
A 39-year-old woman has been charged with a public order offence, assaulting a police constable and assaulting a PCSO. She has been released on conditional bail to appear at Grimsby Magistrates' Court on May 8. A 13-year-old boy and 22-year-old man remain in custody.