You don’t go out after dark on this estate

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A WORRIED neighbour says residents are living in fear of rampaging yobs on an estate.

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, painted a picture of lawlessness and chaos on Manor Road in Haydock. He claims police and Community Support officers are on the small estate every night, but that has not stopped the disorder.

He said: “It’s a complete tip. Tyres hang from lampposts and trainers from telephone wires. Anybody who comes here for the first time must wonder what the hell they have stepped into.

“You can guarantee that on a Friday night, there will be up to 30 people hanging around the streets. And these aren’t little kids, we are talking 17 and upwards. One pensioner I know will drive 150 yards to the local social club because he’s too scared to walk.

“It’s got to be one of the worst streets in the region. I have lived here for years but would move in a second if I could. No one seems capable of doing anything. Only the other weekend someone got a kicking and ended up in hospital.

“Everything is going on, from kicking a football against your windows, to drunkenness and vandalism. They seem to be running rings around the police.”

He said property is almost worthless, because no one wants to live there, adding: “This used to be a friendly place to live, but now we could break records for the amount of police visits.

“No one goes out once it’s dark. Once you’re in, you stay in!”

Newly installed Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Lowe for Newton-le-Willows and Haydock, insisted police are working to tackle the disorder, saying: "We are working closely with St Helens Council and Helena Housing to tackle anti-social behaviour and we are committed to eradicating anti-social behaviour on Manor Road. A number of Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) have been issued to youths in the area and we are monitoring the situation closely. We have also increased police patrols on Manor Road to reassure the local community.

  • "I would urge anyone who has information about anti-social behaviour to call St Helens detectives on 0151 777 6155 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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6:57pm Fri 3 Oct 08

Davv0 says...

ASBOs, aren't these modern merits of honour? Perhaps the police should be working more with the suffering community. These little $hit$ should be dealt with swiftly and brutally, forget the soft measure like ASBOs, it's time this country got tough on crime!
ASBOs, aren't these modern merits of honour? Perhaps the police should be working more with the suffering community. These little $hit$ should be dealt with swiftly and brutally, forget the soft measure like ASBOs, it's time this country got tough on crime! Davv0
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9:36pm Fri 3 Oct 08

Dooins says...

Just goes to show that Hyadock isnt a good place to live.
SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE BRAT
Just goes to show that Hyadock isnt a good place to live. SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE BRAT Dooins
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11:31pm Fri 3 Oct 08

Don Kidick says...

Stand by for the stampede of parents claiming ' it's not my kids " They must be traveling up the nearby M6 from the rest of the country then.
Stand by for the stampede of parents claiming ' it's not my kids " They must be traveling up the nearby M6 from the rest of the country then. Don Kidick
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12:43am Sat 4 Oct 08

PM says...

if it was a planned coffee house the council would act straight away to sort it out.If it was a speeding motorist doing 34 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone the police would be there like a shot.Sadly people running riot is deemed the norm too often.
if it was a planned coffee house the council would act straight away to sort it out.If it was a speeding motorist doing 34 miles an hour in a 30 mile zone the police would be there like a shot.Sadly people running riot is deemed the norm too often. PM
  • Score: 2

10:09am Sat 4 Oct 08

Don Kidick says...

Community support officers where sold to us as the answer to this sort of problem , adding an extra arm to the police by spreading the sight of a high vis jacket far and wide, patrolling in areas with localised problems. In reality, CSO have simply been issued with speed cameras and dispatched around the borough to add to the great revenue scam that is the enforcement of speed limits to the inch ( I have met some one with a ticket for 33 in a 30 - how accurate is your speedo ? ).


Community support officers where sold to us as the answer to this sort of problem , adding an extra arm to the police by spreading the sight of a high vis jacket far and wide, patrolling in areas with localised problems. In reality, CSO have simply been issued with speed cameras and dispatched around the borough to add to the great revenue scam that is the enforcement of speed limits to the inch ( I have met some one with a ticket for 33 in a 30 - how accurate is your speedo ? ). Don Kidick
  • Score: 2
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