Teens on the rampage smash shops and schools

Damage: The damage caused to windows at Woodlea Junior School in Leyland
Damage: The damage caused to windows at Woodlea Junior School in Leyland
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Teenagers are being blamed for a spate of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour blighting Leyland.

Police said over the past few days, there have been a number of incidents in the Seven Stars area where a group of teenagers have been causing damage by smashing windows.

They have also been intimidating customers going to local shops and trying to get customers to purchase alcohol and cigarettes on their behalf.

Officers have also had reports of the same group climbing on roofs of business premises and have tried to mount vehicles while moving.

PCSO Angela Wallbanks said: “This activity is not only causing damage to people’s properties, it is potentially very dangerous and we are very keen to trace the people responsible and speak to them.

“We know that the group believed to be involved is made up of young people who are thought to be local to the area so I would ask anyone who knows who might be involved to get in touch with us.”

There have also been a number of incidents over recent weeks at Woodlea Junior School and St Andrew’s CE Infant school both in Woodlea Road in Leyland.

Here, the offenders have been causing damage by smashing windows and school property.

PC Katie Heaton said: “This activity is not only causing damage to the school but is also affecting the children’s education as the school has had to close classrooms and ensure they are cleaned thoroughly due to all the smashed windows.

“The money spent to repair the windows will be taken out of the schools budget which should be being used for the children’s education.”

Officers from the South Ribble Neighbourhood Policing Team are now working to identify those involved and have spoken to a number of young people in the area.

Officers said they are actively pursuing all lines of enquiry while trying to providing reassurance to the local residents who are being affected by these actions.

It comes only weeks after boys in the Wade Hall and Seven Stars area were found throwing man-made missiles at homes and passing traffic.

Boys had been seen ripping pipes from houses and loading them with stones and mud from gardens, before throwing it from the tube.

Anyone with information about the damage is asked to call the police on 101.