Dozens report snowball nuisance

POLICE in Bolton have been kept busy with dozens of calls from people reporting young people throwing snowballs.

Officers have received reports of them being thrown at homes, shops, cars and people since the snow arrived on Thursday night.

There were 36 incidents of inconsiderate behaviour involving snow in Bolton South which covers Farnworth, Kearsley and Little Lever. There were two incidents of criminal damage where snowballs thrown at homes had broken a window.

Bolton West saw 24 incidents, two of which escalated into a crime.

Officers are appealing for information about youths who hurled racist abuse at a shopkeeper when he went outside to tell them to stop throwing snowballs at the shop.

It happened at Bhojani off licence in Montserrat Road in Johnson Fold on Sunday night.

Insp Kevin Lister, of Bolton South neighbourhood policing team, said: “Anti-social behaviour always rises when it snows. The kids are off school and they are playing in the snow and throwing snowballs.

“It can be a bit of fun, but when throwing them at vehicles they do not realise how serious it can be.”

One resident, of Pilkington Road in Kearsley, who asked to remain anonymous, phoned police on Friday night after youths were throwing snowballs at her home for an hour.

She said: “It was very annoying and I didn’t want to go out and confront them as they were waiting to throw snow at me. They knocked the door and threw snow at the door when they thought I was going to answer it.

“I didn’t want to bother the police but I didn’t know what else to do.”

Bolton East also had 36 reports of nuisance behaviour involving snow, but none have resulted in crimes.

Sgt Warren Noblett said: “Throwing snow at vehicles can be extremely dangerous. There have been a few incidents which can scare elderly and vulnerable people.”

Bolton central team had just two incidents which happened in the Deane area.

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9:41am Tue 22 Jan 13

The Morrigan - Tuatha De Danann says...

There were also two youths located on spare land (where the double decker bus takeaway is situated) next to the former 'Duke' public house on Deane Road throwing snowballs at passing vehicles yesterday.
There were also two youths located on spare land (where the double decker bus takeaway is situated) next to the former 'Duke' public house on Deane Road throwing snowballs at passing vehicles yesterday. The Morrigan - Tuatha De Danann

12:47pm Tue 22 Jan 13

BWFC1988 says...

36 cases of people with no sense of humour more like.

They were throwing snowballs for goodness sakes, not setting fire to bins or mugging pensioners. Give them a break. People are quick to criticise the youth of today, did they never throw snowballs? I certainly did.
36 cases of people with no sense of humour more like. They were throwing snowballs for goodness sakes, not setting fire to bins or mugging pensioners. Give them a break. People are quick to criticise the youth of today, did they never throw snowballs? I certainly did. BWFC1988

1:40pm Tue 22 Jan 13

JohnR1 says...

They may only have been throwing snowballs but the kids today lack any sort of self control or empathy. There is a big difference between throwing a lightly packed ball of snow at someone resulting in their getting wet and the throwing of a tightly packed ball of ice as hard as a house brick at either people or property with the intent to cause damage. This is where they need to realise the consequences of their actions which seems to be sadly lacking. Education or parenting to blame? Go figure.
They may only have been throwing snowballs but the kids today lack any sort of self control or empathy. There is a big difference between throwing a lightly packed ball of snow at someone resulting in their getting wet and the throwing of a tightly packed ball of ice as hard as a house brick at either people or property with the intent to cause damage. This is where they need to realise the consequences of their actions which seems to be sadly lacking. Education or parenting to blame? Go figure. JohnR1

2:03pm Tue 22 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Snow balls or bombs,take your pick.
Snow balls or bombs,take your pick. boltonnut

2:22pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Sparkiedog1 says...

Another good reason to keep schools open and keep them under control

Who blames the kids for running riot when it snows and schools close
The alternative is make teachers get in school to cover their posts but that won't happen, so theres no one to blame for the kids running amock
and lets see how many can stand up and say they never threw a few sneaky snowballs, because I suspect most of you would be lying through your teeth.
Becasue we all know adults never do naughty things and they have a good way of forgetting they ever di do naughty things as kids

so only let the innocent throw the first snowball in response
Another good reason to keep schools open and keep them under control Who blames the kids for running riot when it snows and schools close The alternative is make teachers get in school to cover their posts but that won't happen, so theres no one to blame for the kids running amock and lets see how many can stand up and say they never threw a few sneaky snowballs, because I suspect most of you would be lying through your teeth. Becasue we all know adults never do naughty things and they have a good way of forgetting they ever di do naughty things as kids so only let the innocent throw the first snowball in response Sparkiedog1

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