People living in the Ashton area of Preston say a much-publicised incident involving youths - in which one stood on the roof of a car containing a mother and child – was a “total one-off.”
And some claim the area does not have a problem with groups of young men roaming the streets looking for trouble.
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Her friend Susan Rose, who was also out with her dog, added: “That video on social media of the lad on the car was extreme. It’s unfair and not typical of this area. It’s pretty quiet to be honest.”
Footage of the incident, filmed on a Saturday linchtime in Blackpool Road, showed a bust-up between two groups of youths, some carrying sticks. It attracted hundreds of comments, with some residents saying trouble between gangs from Tanterton and the Savick and Larches estates was a problem.
But other locals deny there is a serious issue with youths. “There’s no big gang thing round here,” said Lewis Butterworth. “It’s not a true reflection of this area.” His friend Sam Nicholson agreed. “It’s not a bad area. This was just kids trying to make a name for themselves.”