Youths have been ‘terrorising’ people and ‘causing havoc’ on a Stockport estate, it has been claimed.
The situation has got so bad on the Brinnington estate that ‘people can’t even walk about now’.
Residents say there has been a spate of incidents including thefts, vandalism and other cases of anti-social behaviour in recent months.
Some told the Manchester Evening News they are scared to go out after dark.
There have been numerous reports of police being pelted with missiles while trying to deal with gangs of youths.
Force bosses say they take reports of anti-social behaviour ‘extremely seriously’.
“As such, people in the Brinnington area may notice an increased police presence while we respond to these concerns over the coming weeks,” an inspector said in a statement.
One woman said the youngsters responsible are ‘intimidating the whole community’.
She said delivery drivers and takeaway staff have been targeted.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “They are smashing windows to steal parcels or attacking takeaway drivers to steal food and money.
“They’re also throwing bricks, eggs and rocks at taxis and buses.
“People’s Christmas presents are going missing.
“Some grocery deliveries won’t deliver to Brinnington after a certain time in the evening.
“Certain takeaways won’t deliver to the area at all any more.”
A Facebook post, said to have been penned by behalf of a local courier firm delivery driver, said he had his car window smashed and a number of parcels stolen earlier this month.
It follows him reportedly having his car stolen earlier this year.
“I have tried to find another courier to cover this round while I get sorted, but alas, no one wants to,” the post read.
“This really is your last chance to have me working this estate and serving the good people of Brinnington.
“I simply can’t afford to work at a loss. If I don’t, work I don’t earn, so not only am I having to pay for a replacement window, I can’t work until it’s fixed.
“I know the people who will be reading this probably aren’t the ones who need to be, the consequences of breaking my window, stealing a few items of clothing that will be of no use to those that did it.
“I guess they can sleep soundly, I know I won’t be.”
Another woman said a separate delivery firm asked her to come down from her to flat to collect her parcel from him outside – and that she was told it was now company policy, due to delivery vehicles being broken into and damaged.
Several residents who spoke to the Manchester Evening News said groups of youths congregate close to two shopping parades in the area – and in the Brinnington Park – ‘intimidating’ people.
Earlier this year, David Kirwan, 67, had his garage broken into – and the back window of his car smashed. He said things started to get bad in the summer – and things have only got worse.
“It’s more torment than a nightmare as its so persistent,” he said.
“They congregate in groups nearby. They are not old, probably between 12 and 16.
“The other day I saw some of them squirting some sort of liquid or gas at the concrete bollards then setting them on fire.
“A few weeks before, they got the codes for the gate [of his flats] and were coming inside, knocking doors and being a nusiance.
“They banged on one guy’s window and said ‘come on, chase me’, but he can barely walk never mind run.
“You can’t say anything to them or you just get a load of abuse.
“When the police came about my car at the start of the year, they were throwing stuff at them and we had to take cover in the garage.
“It’s unbelievable really.”
A 22 year-old mum said: “There always tends to be a big group hanging around.
“They throw stuff and are intimidating to older people or people with prams.
“I was going to take my daughter to the park the other day, but decided against in the end because there was a big group and it just wasn’t worth it.
“I know a lot of delivery drivers have had their vehicles broken into. I know a lot of people who live in the flats and they’ve had a big problem with it.
“It feels like it’s getting worse and worse.”
Another mum said: “It has got really, really bad.
“Everyone is talking about it, it’s all over the Facebook groups.
“I don’t tend to go out after 6pm. But that’s not the way we should have to live.
“It’s a shame because the community is amazing, the things people do for each other. But these kids are bringing it down.”
A woman in her 70s said: “It’s appalling, it really is. Shameful, in fact.
“People can’t even walk about now.
“The other day a woman got attacked walking her dog on Northumberland Road.
“They kicked her dog, then tried to grab her bag and kicked her. It’s shocking.
“There’s nothing to deter them.
“There is a big gang of them who always seem to be hanging around, lots of them on bikes.
“There was a group of 16 of them the other night, I counted.
“We tend to not go out at night now – and we certainly don’t take the car out for fear of it getting smashed up.”
Councillor Kerry Waters she and her colleague Coun Andy Sorton are aware of ‘what’s happening in Brinnington at the minute’.
“I’m a Brinnington resident too,” she said.
“We are in constant contact with Stockport Homes, the anti-social behaviour team and the police.
“I have been having meetings with an inspector and he has assured me we will be getting extra resources for Brinnington.
“My colleague, councillor Sorton, has been having numerous emails and calls about the town centre, too.
“Once again, I will be asking the police at the area committee [council meeting] on Thursday night – what is being done for Brinnington to help stop this behaviour?”
GMP did not confirm specific reports of officers being targeted with missiles.
Inspector Ian Ashenden, of GMP’s Stockport Division said: “We appreciate the concerns that our communities within Brinnington have raised and we understand how disruptive anti-social behaviour can be.
“Tackling anti-social behaviour in the area is a priority for the Local Neighbourhood Policing team and we’re working with residents and partner agencies to address concerns.
“We are utilising the ‘4Es’ approach regarding any breaches of the COVID regulations, especially around group gatherings as under current tier three regulations you are only allowed to meet up to six people while socially distancing from anyone not in your household, we have issued warning letters and will take further enforcement action if appropriate.
“We are also aware of issues around delivery drivers being targeted and would like to stress that this is not acceptable. I would encourage residents and any drivers that experience issues to continue to contact ourselves and report every incident.
“We use reports made to us to form additional enforcement activity plans around the area and will take a zero tolerance approach to anyone who is disrupting the lives of our communities.
“We take reports of anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and as such people in the Brinnington area may notice an increased police presence while we respond to these concerns over the coming weeks.”