Police tackle the ‘snowball’ yobs

A GANG of yobs who harassed a pensioner by building a giant snowball outside his front door have been dealt with by the police.

The 14 and 15-year-olds had been been regularly riding around on scooters, throwing eggs at houses, smearing chocolate on windows and shining laser pens into people’s homes in Over Hulton.

When Anthony Rochford, aged 72, of Elmwood Close, confronted them, the youngsters responded by building a huge snowball outside his front door which he had to break up with a spade..

Mr Rochford said he had stood up for the residents and told the teenagers to go away.

He said the incidents happened in early January, but became worse when it snowed.

The teenagers decided to use snow that Mr Rochford had cleared from his drive to make the snowball outside his door.

Mr Rochford said: “I have lived here for 25 years and have never had any problems until recently.

“Their behaviour is not fair on the residents here — many are elderly.

“They come and congregate on their scooters and go up and down the road which is an accident waiting to happen.

“When the snow came a few weeks ago they made a giant snowball and left it outside my door. It was their version of an attack.”

Police have been patrolling the area and said they have found the main culprits.

Now the youths and their parents have been spoken to about their behaviour.

PC Shaun Vernon said: “The trouble has stopped now. The elderly residents should not have to put up with this sort of behaviour.

“They thought it was a laugh, but when they have been spoken to, and when they have thought about it, they realised that they would not like this to happen to their grandparents.

“The police will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and any issues reported to us will be investigated.”

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11:50am Sat 9 Feb 13

BWFC1988 says...

Simple solution,buy an air rifle.
Simple solution,buy an air rifle. BWFC1988
  • Score: -1

12:31pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Rememberscarborough says...

Kids believe that they are bomb proof. The simple answer is that when it next snows these kids should be made to clear the paths outside these old people's homes and if they refuse then the parents should have to take their place.
Kids believe that they are bomb proof. The simple answer is that when it next snows these kids should be made to clear the paths outside these old people's homes and if they refuse then the parents should have to take their place. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 7

1:48pm Sat 9 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

Just kids having fun,now bring back the birch.
Just kids having fun,now bring back the birch. boltonnut
  • Score: -4

6:10pm Sat 9 Feb 13

BWFC1988 says...

boltonnut wrote:
Just kids having fun,now bring back the birch.
Not if it was your grandad
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: Just kids having fun,now bring back the birch.[/p][/quote]Not if it was your grandad BWFC1988
  • Score: 8

6:05pm Sun 10 Feb 13

melloj1 says...

If they were decent parents they'd have given them a crack round the head! Knowing today's parents who think their kids can do know wrong they'll probably react like their kids are the ones being harassed.
If they were decent parents they'd have given them a crack round the head! Knowing today's parents who think their kids can do know wrong they'll probably react like their kids are the ones being harassed. melloj1
  • Score: 3

6:07pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Jesusislord says...

BWFC1988 wrote:
Simple solution,buy an air rifle.
Yes!! Let's shoot children!! Why has no-one thought of this before??
[quote][p][bold]BWFC1988[/bold] wrote: Simple solution,buy an air rifle.[/p][/quote]Yes!! Let's shoot children!! Why has no-one thought of this before?? Jesusislord
  • Score: 0

8:59pm Sun 10 Feb 13

angus macoatup says...

Jesusislord wrote:
BWFC1988 wrote:
Simple solution,buy an air rifle.
Yes!! Let's shoot children!! Why has no-one thought of this before??
children. more like little b..;;=-0-ds need to sort them out
[quote][p][bold]Jesusislord[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BWFC1988[/bold] wrote: Simple solution,buy an air rifle.[/p][/quote]Yes!! Let's shoot children!! Why has no-one thought of this before??[/p][/quote]children. more like little b..;;=-0-ds need to sort them out angus macoatup
  • Score: 2

9:42pm Sun 10 Feb 13

mr.mark.c says...

I'm miffed off with the constant thud of snowballs on my windows, (when we have snow)
It isn't kids having fun its teenagers that do it to annoy people with there sick sense of humour .
I'm miffed off with the constant thud of snowballs on my windows, (when we have snow) It isn't kids having fun its teenagers that do it to annoy people with there sick sense of humour . mr.mark.c
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Mon 11 Feb 13

BWFC1988 says...

Jesusislord wrote:
BWFC1988 wrote:
Simple solution,buy an air rifle.
Yes!! Let's shoot children!! Why has no-one thought of this before??
I'm glad we're on the same wave length.
[quote][p][bold]Jesusislord[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BWFC1988[/bold] wrote: Simple solution,buy an air rifle.[/p][/quote]Yes!! Let's shoot children!! Why has no-one thought of this before??[/p][/quote]I'm glad we're on the same wave length. BWFC1988
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Overhulton1 says...

This man has tormented me and my family, and neighbours for over 25 yrs... There is no pleasing this man what so ever and what can be called as a snow attack, I think pathetic!! He is unsociable, goes out of his way to be nasty... You name it... How this guy made headlines I will never know... None of our neighbours like or tolerate him, always been the same for 25 yrs!!!!!!! Snowman outside your house.. Be happy fella!!!!!! Someone cares
This man has tormented me and my family, and neighbours for over 25 yrs... There is no pleasing this man what so ever and what can be called as a snow attack, I think pathetic!! He is unsociable, goes out of his way to be nasty... You name it... How this guy made headlines I will never know... None of our neighbours like or tolerate him, always been the same for 25 yrs!!!!!!! Snowman outside your house.. Be happy fella!!!!!! Someone cares Overhulton1
  • Score: -1

11:27pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Overhulton1 says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
Kids believe that they are bomb proof. The simple answer is that when it next snows these kids should be made to clear the paths outside these old people's homes and if they refuse then the parents should have to take their place.
Kids are bloody kids... Not an un sociable area over Hulton.... This man as been a nightmare for 25 yrs... Kids having fun if you ask me,,, what's wrong with a snowman at your front door???????? I would laugh....
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: Kids believe that they are bomb proof. The simple answer is that when it next snows these kids should be made to clear the paths outside these old people's homes and if they refuse then the parents should have to take their place.[/p][/quote]Kids are bloody kids... Not an un sociable area over Hulton.... This man as been a nightmare for 25 yrs... Kids having fun if you ask me,,, what's wrong with a snowman at your front door???????? I would laugh.... Overhulton1
  • Score: -1

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