Fury as vandals strike again at Leigh Glass
A DIRECTOR is fed-up that little is being done to tackle anti-social behaviour besieging his company.
Frank Jamieson, from Leigh Glass in Wigan Road, Leigh, said telephone lines were cut and paving stones ripped up in the space of a few days.
He said not enough is being done to tackle the problem, which has blighted the neighbourhood for years.
Mr Jamieson said: “I am so fed-up that nothing is being done about it.
“The council says it is not their responsibility to sort out the paving stones as it isn’t their land but they laid them and come and repair them every so often. The paving stones were always in quite a bad state and now people are falling over them and tripping up as they walk past. It is not safe.”
Last month police and Wigan Council were granted powers to disperse groups of two or more young people in the area who are involved in, or are likely to be involved in, anti-social behaviour.
“Council bosses said the path where the paving stones were vandalised is an unadopted area and they have no responsibility to fix the problem, and added that anti-social behaviour issues needed to be raised with police.
“Sgt Melanie Roberts, from Atherton neighbourhood policing team, said: “A CCTV camera was placed in Wigan Road, focusing on the shops in particular, to capture incidents of anti-social behaviour and to help identify offenders.
“Officers have patrolled the area at key times and since the order started there has been a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour, resulting in the camera being removed from the Wigan Road area and placed in another hotspot.
“Some of the paving slabs outside the Leigh Glass premises were removed about three years ago, and the council was informed of this.”
People should report all incidents by calling police on 101, or by contacting the Atherton NPT direct on 0161 856 7225.
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