Concerns have been raised by residents of an area in Salford after continued antisocial behaviour was reported to police this week – including frying pans full of food appearing on residents’ cars.
Spring Gardens and Keswick Grove in Salford is a ‘hotspot’ for antisocial behaviour and vandalism including fly-tipping and smashed glass on the pavement.
At the North Area PACT meeting on December 2 – which is chaired by local police – residents reported repeated incidents of food being left on cars, as well as ‘for sale’ signs being knocked over. There were also reports of smashed glass in the middle of the pavement and suspected drug activity in side streets at about 2am.
Local Sergeant said that “there has been a noticeable decline on those streets” and “police presence will continue to monitor Spring Gardens and Keswick Grove”.
According to the police, youngsters identified have already received visits at their homes and received antisocial behaviour warning letters.
One younger resident in his 20s from Keswick Grove was willing to speak about this situation and has explained what is happening in his area and shared his experience as a victim of antisocial behaviour outside his home:
Acceptable behaviour contracts have also been mooted, which are signed by the police, the offender and a parent or carer. They include items which the youth must adhere to and, if they are caught being involved in any antisocial act, they will then be issued with a community protection notice (CPN) before court action can be pursued.
Police are keen to avoid a repeat of Langworthy Road, where long-running issues with teenage gangs plagued nearby residents and the neighbouring One Stop store, where staff received threats and fireworks were set off in its entrance.
David Gorst, Salford City Council’s assistant director for safer, stronger and healthier communities, added: “We are aware of reports of antisocial behaviour all around Salford, including Spring Gardens.”
“We continue to join forces with Greater Manchester Police as part of our safer neighbourhood service team.”
“We would encourage residents to report incidents so that officers can appropriately deal with any issues and prioritise accordingly.”
“The council is committed to addressing crime, antisocial behaviour and making Salford a safer place.”
“To achieve this, we are working with partners to deliver a wide range of initiatives covering prevention, enforcement and support.”
To report instances of antisocial behaviour or crime, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.