Police increase patrols as children armed with flame-throwers terrorise Yorkshire villagers

Police officers have increased patrols in a Calderdale village after reports of children terrorising residents with anti-social behaviour.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 12:17 pm
Children armed with flame-throwers have been terrorising a Calderdale village (stock image)

Residents in Stainland reported children making homemade flame-throwers out of pipes and gas canisters and starting fires in parks.

Coun Paul Bellenger raised the issue with Calderdale Council at a full council meeting last month.

He said Stainland's anti-social behaviour officer had worked tirelessly to deal with issues but needed help “to nip it in the bud for good".

-> RSPCA appeal as dog brutally attacked then abandoned on Yorkshire streetCoun Bellenger said: "Over the past two evenings we have had fires in parks, we have had kids making flamethrowers out of pipes and gas cannisters, knocking on people’s windows.

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“We have had some roadworks in the middle of Stainland that have actually closed the road for two days.

"They’ve been removing barriers and allowing vehicles through, charging people in vehicles £2 to come through".

A spokesperson for the Calderdale Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team said officers are increasing patrols to provide a visible presence for the community.

They said: "We are working closely with the Community Safety Partnership, ASB Team and Early Intervention team.

"Local officers are providing a visible presence to deter further ASB and we would always encourage prompt reporting of any incident."