Police “wage war” on unruly teens as fears grow for Colnbrook’s elderly

The Slough Observer has used dramatic language to describe the standoff between Police and a group of 3 to 5 ‘unruly teens’, suggesting that elderly residents are at risk.

streets affected by lamp post gang

Drift Way, Morelands Close, Morelands Avenue and Rayner Close have been “plunged into darkness” raising fears for the safety of elderly residents, says the article in the Slough Observer.

In an article published yesterday in the Slough Observer the newspaper says Police are “waging war” on unruly teenagers who have caused thousands of pounds of damage by shooting out street lights with catapults and BB guns while “prowling the streets at night”.

It says that a group of up to five 13 to 15 year olds have “plunged four streets in Colnbrook into darkness” and fears are now growing for “the safety of the town’s elderly community”.

The Observer quotes Charles Burke of the Colnbrook Community Association:

The majority of lights are now not working in these streets. It’s pretty difficult to walk at night. It’s particularly not very pleasant for the elderly community in the area. It’s probably been going on for around three months.

Police have sent a “name and shame” plea to residents, who have been left feeling vulnerable and raised concerns the streets are open to burglaries and anti-social behaviour after Slough Borough Council said it had given up trying to repair the vandalised lamp posts.


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