Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Community Living in Fear of Teenage Thugs ; Neighbourhood Terrorised by Kids as Young as 14 Who Have Killed Pets and Chased People with a Machete

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Community Living in Fear of Teenage Thugs ; Neighbourhood Terrorised by Kids as Young as 14 Who Have Killed Pets and Chased People with a Machete

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CHILDREN as young as 14 are terrorising a neighbourhood and carrying out horrific attacks on pets, damaging cars, drinking and shouting abuse in the street.

The close-knit community around Ashton New Road, in Clayton, say they have reached desperation point as their nightmare continues - despite more than 50 complaints to the police.

The behaviour includes: Chasing people down the street with a machete Fireworks being hurled at cats Rabbits drowned in oil Goslings bricked to death Bricks thrown through windows A man stripped in the street by the yobs Shouting until 3am The reported gang of up to 40 youths - aged between 14 and 17 and from outside the area - has been causing problems since April and nearly every day and night of the summer.

MP Lucy Powell has now vowed to raise the issue with both the council and GMP's chief constable.

Residents on Ashton New Road, Edge Lane, Seymour Road and Howgill Street say the often alcohol-fuelled behaviour has included the killing of rabbits from a home on Edge Lane and attacks on goslings in Clayton canal.

They claim youths are also shouting and swearing, drinking alcohol on the street, fighting each other in local shops, smashing goods and running along the tops of cars.

Other incidents include puncturing tyres, dragging sticks across the doors of homes, smashing windows, opening the doors of delivery vans on the move, launching fireworks under cars near children and cats, and throwing the contents of bins into the road.

Sande Saghabas, 56, of Ashton New Road, said she and her neighbours are living constantly on edge.

Sande, who has osteoarthritis, has been forced to sleep on a camp bed in the lounge as her bedroom is near the road, where the youths cause havoc until 3am.

We are nerves. It before seriously Sande The retired store detective, who has had six tyres punctured in one month, has called the police 40 times since April.

She said: "We can't put up with this any more. I understand these youths have nothing much to do but it doesn't condone that local residents are living on pins. …

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