CONCERNS have been raised about the problem of anti-social behaviour in Thorpe Edge and Idle.

Bradford East MP Imran Hussain said he has been made aware of a “number of cases” in both areas.

One Thorpe Edge resident, who asked not to be named, said there are a number of problems in the Idlethorp Way area.

He said: “I’ve lived in this area for nine months. It’s progressively getting worse.”

The resident described groups of youths congregating in the area and says they have a “total disregard” for people and its “complete lawlessness”.

He also said he feels scared to walk through the area and the culprits seem to be getting more brazen.

Mr Hussain said he has raised the issues with West Yorkshire Police and said the force has given assurances that the matter is being taken seriously.

He said: “I urge anyone who has witnessed or experienced anti-social behaviour to contact the police and not leave it unreported.

“No one should have to experience anti-social behaviour. It is not a minor crime and it can be a very real and very frightening experience for more vulnerable residents in particular. It has no place in our community.”

He said he will be pressing the police to deploy more resources, Ministers to deliver greater funding and will also be working with local groups to ensure young people have a positive place to go, rather than be on the streets.

Sergeant Andrew Milner, of the Bradford East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Our ward officers are continuing to work with partners and the communities in these areas to identify those involved in anti-social behaviour.

“Those who have been identified have been issued with warning letters advising them of the consequences if their unacceptable behaviour persists.

“We continue to engage with residents and schools through meetings and are conducting targeted operations with specialist resources from West Yorkshire Police in areas where concerns have been raised. Anyone with concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour in the Bradford East area can contact the team on 101, by using the Contact Us options on the West Yorkshire Police website, or by email”