RESIDENTS have hit out after yobs took to the streets of Church Hill and ripped up bins and threw them in the bus lane.
The vandalism came just a day after local campaigners Church Hill Big Local, community volunteers and members of the borough council had spent hours in the rain planting flowers to brighten the area up.
Locals are particularly angry that, despite being offered CCTV footage of the culprits, that police failed to act.
Liz Williams, of Greystone Close, said: “I am disgusted that in the early hours of Sunday morning, vandals ran amok in the Centre, ripping up the litter bins and tossing them all over the road, and leaving the lids in the bus route so creating a road hazard.
“The response from the control room of the police was not helpful at all.
“This is not good enough, as a resident of Church Hill, I don’t want to live in a “no go” area, where even if residents report crimes and are prepared to give evidence this is the response.”
Mrs Williams said this is not the first time anti-social behaviour has been an issue in the area with a group of young men riding bikes around the car park, who she found threatening and intimidating.
Police inspector Darren Webster said: “We have recently widened our patrols to disperse people causing anti social behaviour.
“We are working together with the community and local councillors and we will continue to monitor this situation. We are trying to prevent any further antisocial behaviour in the area.”
“Any report of anti social behaviour will be recorded and local officers will look into it to establish what can be done.
“As part of our investigation into this incident we have spoken to the hair salon and are reviewing the CCTV.”