Police act over asbo troubles in Leeds town

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Police have taken action against a group of youths believed to be behind anti-social behaviour blighting Pudsey Park and nearby homes.

The “unacceptable” damage to the park area and surrounding properties had triggered an investigation by the Leeds Outer West team.

Now 12 young people have been identified by investigating officers, with three dealt with for criminal damage offences. One of the trio has been referred to Leeds Youth Panel and another is due in court.

The remaining nine and their parents have been spoken to by police about the anti-social behaviour which has been taking place.

Inspector Tanya Wilkins, of the Outer West Partnership Working Area, said: “The anti-social behaviour we have seen recently in this area is completely unacceptable.

“We hope residents will be reassured to see that local officers have now identified a number of individuals involved and are taking appropriate action against them.”

She said the force recognised how anti-social behaviour of this nature could have a negative impact on people’s daily lives and pledged further work alongside partner agencies to keep improving the situation in the Pudsey area.

“We hope this latest action will serve as a clear warning to people who refuse to listen to advice and continue to behave in a way that impacts on others,” she said.

“We will be carrying out regular patrols of the areas affected and will continue to gather evidence to take further positive action.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the team on 101, or dial 999 if it is an emergency.

Alternatively, visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/ClickB4UCall to make an online report of anti-social behaviour.