A round-up of crime stories from across Lancashire
Police to probe truancy claims
Concern have been raised over youngsters playing truant in part of Preston. Police have pledged to probe reports from residents on the city’s Moor Nook estate. Community beat officers have been told there are a “large” number of youths who “don’t seem to be attending school during the day, and are seen to be causing issues on the estate”. It has been made a local priority for the area.
Underage cig sale concerns
More fears have been raised about cigarettes being sold to underage youngsters – and the Evening Post revealed two shopkeepers had been convicted of the offence in court last week. Residents in Ribbleton’s Trees estate say underage sales of alcohol and cigerettes are taking place around the area. Police are investigating.
Plant pot theft is on increase
Homeowners in part of rural Preston have been left concerned by a “sudden rise” in the theft of garden ornaments. Plant pot thefts have been reported to police in Woodplumpton. Anyone with information can call police in Preston on 101.
Fears at street gang activity
Gangs are gathering at an underpass in part of Preston. Police will investigate reports of problems in the Duke Street underpass, Avenham. According to reports, groups are gathering and intimidating residents. Gang related activity in the area has also been reported.
Officers look into concerns
Police covering the Deepdale area of Preston have announced they are to investigate reports of vehicles parking on footpaths and causing obstructions outside local shops and schools. Officers have also been made aware of concerns over vehicle damage and suspicious activity in the alleyways behind residents’ properties with gates left open in some areas, and football nuisance which has been reported on the Holme Slack estate.
Allotment woe for residents
Police are investigating reports of damage and nuisance on the allotments in Liverpool Road and Leyland Road, Penwortham. Concerns about anti-social behaviour in Manor Avenue, Penwortham, were also raised at a recent PACT Together meeting at Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive.