Families fed up with yobs on Hartlepool estate

ACTION CALL: Residents Sandra Peskett, Aileen Kendon, Jackie Hamilton and Rob Kendon.

ACTION CALL: Residents Sandra Peskett, Aileen Kendon, Jackie Hamilton and Rob Kendon.

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A RESIDENTS’ meeting has been held to discuss ongoing problems with anti-social yobs on a Hartlepool housing estate.

Thirty homeowners from the Bishop Cuthbert estate in Hartlepool attended the event hosted by the Bishop Cuthbert’s Residents’ Group.

One lady came to the residents’ meeting and told how she had had her windows put out and had also had eggs thrown at her house. It’s horrendous that this should happen.

Aileen Kendon, Bishop Cuthbert Residents’ Group

One of the issues on the agenda was around the ongoing problem of anti-social behaviour.

Several residents on the estate have reported drunken activities from gangs of 30 to 50 youths on Friday and Saturday nights, bottles of vodka, and other empty booze bottles being left in the play area and surrounding streets, and broken glass littering the area.

There have also been reports of some people’s homes having eggs, stones and mud thrown at windows causing damage, and shrubs in gardens and planters uprooted.

The Bishop Cuthbert park’s play area equipment is also regularly damaged and vandalised.

Aileen Kendon, a member of the Bishop Cuthbert Residents’ Group, said the organisation spoke of its concerns with representatives of Hartlepool Borough Council, police, local councillors, and also Lee Bell Developers.

She told the Mail: “The residents’ group has been running for three years and basically we’re hoping to tackle the issues that we’ve got by working with the appropriate agencies in a positive way to get them resolved.

“We held the meeting for residents to get their voices heard.

“People in the town don’t tend to associate Bishop Cuthbert as having any problems, but for example we suffer a lot with anti-social behaviour.

“One lady came to the residents’ meeting and told how she had had her windows put out and had also had eggs thrown at her house.

“It’s horrendous that this should happen really.

“The people that live nearest the park get it the worst at the minute.”

The group is holding another meeting on May 18 at 6pm in Hart Village Hall, in Hart Village. Aileen encouraged as many residents to attend as possible.

A Hartlepool Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the anti-social behaviour that is occurring in this area, and we continue to take action – along with the police - to try to tackle the problem and address residents’ concerns.

“For example, outreach workers have been operating in the area from Monday-Friday for a number of months with the aim of engaging with young people.

“More than £30,000 is also being spent on additional security lighting in the park and we hope that people may be deterred from getting involved in anti-social behaviour if the area is better illuminated.

“Prompt action is also taken to remove broken glass and litter in the park whenever a problem is reported.

“However, we can only do so much and we would appeal to parents to support us by being aware of their children’s whereabouts and making sure that they do not get involved in anti-social behaviour.”