Police action after incidents in Blakelaw

17 Feb 2016 12:29 PM

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Police in Blakelaw are taking action after a number of incidents on Tuesday night.

Between 7pm and 9pm (Tue Feb 16) officers received a number of reports of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and burglary in the Moulton Place, Chandra Place, Fulwell Green and Holly Court areas.

Officers believe the same group of teenagers, thought to be boys and girls aged between 13 to 15, are responsible for all of the offences and enquiries are ongoing to identify them and take action.

These offences included resident's doors being knocked on and damaged, motorbikes being ridden on footpaths, walls and roofs being climbed on and even play equipment at Blakelaw Park being set on fire and thousands of pounds worth of equipment being damaged.

Two homes in Holly Court and Fulwell Green were burgled with offenders getting into the homes through unlocked windows.

Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana, who oversees policing for the area, said: "In response to last night's incidents officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team have stepped up patrols in the area and there will be a presence there today, tonight and going forward. These youths have caused a lot of concern and damage in the area and I want to reassure residents that it will not be tolerated and that we are taking action.

"Those responsible have caused around £15,000 worth of damage to Blakelaw Park which has recently been refurbished. This kind of behaviour is mindless and effects the whole of the community as it's the council who have to pay for the repairs and the money for that comes out of the public purse.

"Everyone suffers because of what this group has done and enquiries are underway to try and identify those that were involved. We we will be linking in with the council, local schools and using every opportunity available to us to find the offenders and take action against them."

Police believe the damage to the park was caused between 7pm and 8pm.

Anyone with any information into the above incidents is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1029 16/02/16.

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