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Monday, 22 December 2014

Maryport residents in fear as yobs cause terror

People living in a Maryport street claim they are being terrorised by gangs of youths.

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LIVING IN FEAR: Andrew McCracken and Julie Bridgewood are two of the residents of Furnace Road, Maryport, who claim they are being terrorised by gangs of youths

People living on Furnace Road say that arson, threatening behaviour, fighting, drinking and trespassing are making their lives a misery.

Neighbours Andrew McCracken, Elizabeth Humphreys and John and Julie Bridgewood attended a Maryport Town Council meeting on Monday to appeal for help.

Town councillors agreed to arrange a meeting between social landlords Your Derwent and Solway, the police, councillors and the residents.

The residents claim that up to 50 youths can gather at once and many people feel like prisoners in their own homes, just off the town centre.

Mr McCracken, 36, moved in five years ago and said anti-social behaviour by youths had been a problem.

He had been threatened, had a wing mirror kicked off his car and watched as two gangs fought outside his house.

He added: “Some people feel like prisoners in their own home. It’s very intimidating. We are constantly on edge.”

Mr McCracken said that the anti-social behaviour was at its worst during school holidays and was a daily issue during the summer.

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The residents have phoned the police and social landlords Your Derwent and Solway when incidents have occurred.

But they said that by the time police arrived the youths had either run off or they came back again after officers asked them to leave.

Mrs Bridgewood, 44, who has lived there for eight years, said: “We shouldn’t have to sit in our homes and be on edge.”

Councillor Carni McCarron-Holmes said: “You deserve to live quietly. The problem is that it can spread to other streets in Maryport and we need to stop it.”

Coun Linda Radcliffe added: “We will work together with you to do what we can.”

Amanda Pyper, head of Your Housing Group, said: “Your Derwent and Solway takes anti-social behaviour of this nature very seriously and we will always act promptly upon any reports we receive.”

She said the company would speak to police about the incidents.

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