Councillor blasts ‘feral hooligans’

Coun. Stephen Hartley with his children Johnny (2) and Isabella (4) and Coun. Vera Cocker who are angry over damage to the Christmas lights just hours after they were installed.
Coun. Stephen Hartley with his children Johnny (2) and Isabella (4) and Coun. Vera Cocker who are angry over damage to the Christmas lights just hours after they were installed.

“Feral hooligans” are running riot in Earby according to a councillor with festive lights and toilet facilities damaged and youths climbing on roofs and urinating in the street.

Coun Vera. Cocker has blasted vandals for wrecking sections of new £3,000 Christmas lights just hours after contractors had spent almost three full days putting them up.

CCTV footage, now handed to the police, shows that a youth climbed on to the beck wall and then up the tree before ripping wires from circuit boards and casings.

This was after two youths appeared to urinate in the street in the same section of CCTV footage.

Over the weekend, changing facilities in the new public toilets were vandalised again, apples and stones were being thrown around in the town centre and youths were reported on the roof of the two storey former council office building in Victoria Road.

There have been similar reports in recent weeks of climbing onto roofs of buildings in Boot Street.

Coun. Vera Cocker said: “We are furious, as is everyone who has heard what has happened. We actually thought that these decorations were high enough not to be tampered with, as well as being next to an easily available power source, which saved a lot of money, and next to our property with CCTV coverage.

“How wrong we were! We are so, so angry. These might only be minor bits of damage but it adds up. The cost of the lights damage at the moment is looking at over £500.”

PCSO Mark Hyde said: “There has been minor damage over the last few months all of which have been investigated and dealt with through restorative justice. This includes one man in Valley Road who was very pleased with the outcome.

“Just more recently there has been damage to the Christmas lights and the toilets in the bus station area. This is being investigated, we have got leads as to who we believe might have caused this damage and enquiries are ongoing.”

Anybody who sees any anti-social behaviour can report it by calling PC Carl Nevison on 07967 816542, emailing Carl.Nevison@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.