Teenage yobs to be banned from village
POLICE are battling to reduce anti-social behaviour outside a shopping centre.
Around 40 incidents of anti-social behaviour have been reported every month at The Parade, in Silverdale, since September.
Complaints include teenagers knocking on people's doors and running away, eggs being thrown at buildings and cars being vandalised.
Now Staffordshire Police have launched Operation Banishment to try to stop youths leaving a trail of destruction at weekends.
It comes as officers now have the power to force groups of teenagers suspected of causing trouble in Silverdale out of the area for 24-hours.
PCSO Richard Taperek, who is involved in the operation, said: "The problems tend to be in the evenings after 6pm and it is generally young people causing the problems.
"It's a problem for shop owners but also the residents who live in the area. Many of them are elderly or less mobile.
"Many of the young people we move on come from all across Newcastle borough, not just Silverdale."
Police started Operation Banishment earlier this month.
PSCO Taperek added: "We will respond to all calls of anti-social behaviour in the area and escort troublemakers home.
"We will also be writing letters to their parents and taking onboard advice from the anti-social behaviour conferences we attend.
"We will review the situation in January to decide if we need to continue the patrols."
Traders in The Parade have been plagued by the yobs.
Alice Yoog, who owns the Oriental Chef takeaway in the Parade, said: "There can sometimes be up to 30 people hanging around here.
"A lot of the time they're drunk and rowdy.
"They've stolen plants from my shop and are always banging on the windows.
"We've been here for seven years and it has got much worse in recent months.
"My staff have to adapt and deal with carefully.
"We're just nice to them and hope they leave without wrecking the place.
"It's such a shame because Silverdale used to be a really easy place to work and it's only getting worse.
"The police come and move the troublemakers on now so hopefully by January things will improve a bit."
Shopper Lillian Gennery aged 83, of Victoria Close, Silverdale, said the park neighbouring the shops was also a hotspot for vandalism.
She said: "I don't come here at night if I can help it.
"There are so many people hanging around, you just don't want to get in their way.
"The park is always being vandalised.
"It's not very fair on the business owners and people who live right by the shops.
"I really hope the patrols will be effective."
If you are affected by anti-social behaviour in Silverdale call police on 101.