Elderly and vulnerable residents living close to Taylor Park have been abused by youths, according to police.

Police were called at around 6.50pm on Friday, June 7 to an address on Prescot Road near Taylor Park, where there were reports that three youths had been causing distress to a resident.

It is believed that youths had kicked the door to the property and thrown mud at the window.

Previous incidents are also believed to have happened at the same address.

The youths are described as white, between 12 and 14-years-old and dressed in dark tracksuits.

Community Policing Sergeant Kath Rackham said: “These incidents have been targeting an elderly and vulnerable member of our community, and I’m sure the vast majority of local residents will be absolutely appalled to hear about this happening where they live.

“We are offering reassurance to the victim and dedicating extra attention in the area, but I also want to appeal to anyone who knows who these youths are to come forward as soon as possible and help us take the appropriate action.

“These young people might not realise the terror that their mindless actions have caused, but if you are their parent or guardian, make it clear to them and bring it to a stop now. How you they would feel if their family or friends were tormented in such a way?

“Make sure you know where your children are, who they are with, and what they are up to, and we can keep those safe who need peace and quiet the most.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100295885 or contact your local policing officers via @StHelensPolice on Facebook, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.