RESIDENTS in Bromley Cross are sick of problem youths causing anti-social behaviour in the area.

On Wednesday night, a group of around 30 young people were caught drinking and taking drugs at the Eagley Sports Complex, causing Greater Manchester Police to increase patrols in the area.

Matthew Turner, who lives on School Street, said youths had been causing problems around there for about two years.

He said: "It's just a nightmare, we're absolutely sick of it.

"I've only been here a year, but my next door neighbours have lived there for ten years and say it's only been really bad over the last two years or so.

"During the day we've got youths on bikes and scooters passing the bollards and sitting on the bus turner to smoke cannabis.

"Then at night they start gathering in groups and acting like idiots, it's turned into a living nightmare."

Youths in the area have frustrated residents with drug taking, speeding, loud music blasted outside homes, and even a few incidents of arson.

On Wednesday, Mr Turner called the police to report the crowd of yobs for their behaviour.

Officers caught up with some of the youths on his street, detaining and searching some under the misuse of drugs act whilst the rest scarpered.

On Thursday, police visited "a number" of the involved young people at their homes, warning them of the consequences they could face if they continued their actions.

Mr Turner added: "We have this all through the year, even in winter, but the problem with youths that night was just crazy considering lockdown.

"Police have treated Wednesday's incident quite seriously because they've had patrols out in the area on Thursday night which was one of the first nights we haven't had problems in a while.

"An officer told my partner that the youths here on Wednesday weren't even from around here, but from Tottington – it's just a bit crazy.

"We would like more patrols of the PCSOs because we don't see them down the streets and we're sick of putting up with it.

"Children are being woken up at 12 o'clock at night with the anti-social behaviour and it's getting to the point where we want to go out to stop it but we can't do that because the law's not going to support us."