Police to get a grip on anti-social behaviour in Moorlands village

POLICE have pledged to get tough with unruly teenagers disrupting a Staffordshire Moorlands village with their anti-social behaviour.

Villagers at Werrington are urging police to bring to a halt the loutish and intimidating behaviour of groups of young people upsetting the local community.

There have been reports of under-age drinking, vandalism – including arson attacks – youths exposing themselves and litter strewn around the village.

In a recent serious incident a woman out walking her dog was lucky to escape serious injury when she was hit on the head by a brick thrown at her.

Villagers say on Friday nights gangs of up to 80 young people regularly gather on the Meigh Road playing fields, where damage has been caused to fencing and play equipment.

Last year parish council chairman Ken Griffiths set up an Anti-Social Behaviour Hub where people could report incidents. The information is then fed to police community support officers in the area.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority and anyone involved in such activity will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

“We encourage members of our communities to report any concerns directly to us on 101, or chat with their local PCSO at one of their regular drop-in surgeries.”