Concern over ‘abusive’ snowball teens

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Police have been made aware of teenagers hurling snowballs filled with stones at passing cars in Colne.

A spokesman confirmed they received a call just after 6pm last night about a group of around 12 to 15 youths, aged around 14 to 15-years-old, outside McDonald’s, in North Valley Road.

One victim told the police he had shouted at the group after a snowball had hit his car. They were said to have responded abusively to him and to staff.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “Our top priority is to ensure that our restaurants are safe and welcoming environments for both our customers and our staff, so we take anti-social behaviour very seriously.

“We regularly meet with the local police to discuss problems with anti-social behaviour and policing in the town and can confirm that our restaurant team contacted the local police following an incident outside the restaurant last night.

“We currently have a number of measures in place to encourage good behaviour in and around the restaurant and our security department will continue to work closely with the restaurant team and the local police on this issue.”

This is the second report of snowballs containing stones being thrown in just one week. On Monday, a group of around 20 were also spotted causing nuisance around the North Valley Retail Park.

In September, we reported how ten troublesome teenagers were banned from entering McDonald’s due to a range of anti-social behaviour, including verbal abuse, and the throwing of stones, eggs, snowballs and other missiles.