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Warnings given to nuisance youths at North Dean House
Warnings have been issued to more than 20 young people in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour around a Bradford housing complex that left its residents living in fear.
West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Council pledged to act after reports of violence, drug taking and other intimidating behaviour around North Dean House, a sheltered housing complex in Heaton.
Large groups of young people were reported gathering in an alleyway between Heights Lane and Langbar Avenue, occasionally causing fights and smashing windows. There were also complaints of litter and fly tipping.
Elderly residents, some as old as 90, told the Telegraph & Argus last month that they were too afraid to leave their homes in the evenings because of the groups.
In response, the Bradford North Neighbourhood Policing Team stepped up patrols in the area, have met regularly with residents, and targeted the young people responsible for bringing misery to their lives.
So far they have identified 21 of the young people involved, and sent them anti-social behaviour warning letters – the first step to receiving an ASBO.
Social housing provider Incommunities owns the property, and installed a security camera earlier this summer. It has also stepped up the fight against the yobs by coating fences with anti-vandal paint and cutting back trees and hedges to reducing hiding places.
Bradford Council is helping by collecting litter and clearing fly tipping.
Councillor Imdad Hussain (The Peace Party, Heaton), who lives nearby, said: “There seems to be some improvement, but it will require ongoing monitoring around here and other places where elderly people live. They shouldn’t have to be concerned about stepping out of their front door. Some of these young people might be there quite innocently, but there are times when you have to tell them that it isn’t the place and ask them to move along.”
Inspector Andrew Croasdale, who leads the North Bradford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Following consultation with the staff and residents, we have carried out extensive work with our partners to combat nuisance behaviour outside North Dean House. This includes issuing 21 warnings to youths who have been known to congregate in the area. Further action will be taken against these individuals should they continue to be involved in similar incidents.”
An Incommunities spokesman said: “We are committed to ensuring our customers are able to live safely and peacefully in their homes. We have kept our customers fully informed of the measures we have taken and we will continue to monitor the situation.”
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