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Councillors say 'no more' to Birkenhead residents living in fear of gangs
COUNCILLORS have called a public meeting in an attempt to put a stop to Birkenhead’s antisocial behaviour spiralling out of control.
Families on the Tranmere and Rock Ferry boundary have flooded the authorities with complaints about gangs terrorising their streets - which has seen car windows and wing mirrors smashed, as well as eggs thrown at homes.
Councillor Brian Kenny, who represents the Birkenhead and Tranmere ward, told the Globe many homeowners are living in fear each night as what they have described as “gangs of youths” terrorise the streets between Mersey Park and Victoria Park.
The complaints are focused on several streets in the area, including Church Road and Ivydale Road.
Cllr Kenny said: “It is not acceptable that people are in the homes in a situation where they say they are being victimised by gangs damaging cars and homes.
“Residents are sitting in their homes worried about what is going on outside, with these gangs of youths going down the streets smashing car mirrors, car windows and throwing eggs at homes.”
Representatives from Merseyside Police and Wirral Council’s antisocial behaviour team are expected to be in attendance at the meeting to discuss ways of tackling the growing problem.
Cllr Kenny, who visited homes in the area with fellow ward councillors Phil Davies and Jean Stapleton and handed out letters, added: “It is not acceptable and as local councillors we have called this public meeting to allow people to air their views and all the problems they have at the moment and we hope, with representatives from the police, to find a way forward.”
Councillors from neighbouring Rock Ferry have also been invited to the meeting.
The meeting will be held at Rock Ferry library on Monday, January 27, at 7pm.
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