by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

GANGS of youths have been making life a misery for residents by roaming the streets in the evenings in an area of Formby.

A woman who has lived in the Redgate area of the village for 50 years said she had contacted the Champion in ‘despair and utter disgust’ at the situation and says the area is becoming dangerous to live in.

The woman, who does not wish to be named, contacted us after living in Formby for more than five decades.

The woman, who lives on Buckfast Drive, said gangs of up to 40 youths had been roaming the streets, damaging property and drug dealing.

She says residents have asked for more police to patrol the area.

She  said: “Every evening we are persecuted by gangs of 30-40 teenagers that behave like a pack of animals.

“There is drug dealing going on and yet still nothing is done.

“Last week, they were on electric scooters, going up and down my property tormenting my dog.

“Then three boys came back and threw eggs at my neighbour’s house, who has a three month old baby and has had to resort to putting cameras up. I chased these boys away but they managed to get away.

“Both incidents were reported to the police, I was informed that they have had a lot of complaints for the area, but there is still no police presence.

“I am a single female, now living in fear. I have worked full time since I was sixteen, never received benefits and I am having to live with this.”

Community Inspector Graham Fisher of Merseyside Police said patrols will target areas where the public tell them there are problems.

He said: “We are grateful to the residents of Formby who have told us about issues on their doorstep.

“We share the frustration of residents, and will not tolerate people who make life miserable for others by their reckless and criminal behaviour, and we carry out patrols in key areas to deter offending.

“We have a range of tools at our disposal to prevent such behaviour, including increased high visibility patrols and dispersal zones.

“Parents and guardians can also help us put a stop to this – make sure you know where your young people are and that they are not involved in incidents such as these.

“We regularly speak with parents and guardians if we suspect their young people are involved, but we need to work together to prevent such incidents happening.”

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“If you pass information about anti-social behaviour and criminality in your area, we will take action.

“Any details or evidence, such as images, dashcam, CCTV, doorbell footage or number plates could prove crucial in helping us identify offenders and bring them to justice.”

Always call 999 if a crime is in progress. You can pass any information on anti-social behaviour via the social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: You can also follow @MerpolNthSefton on Twitter and Facebook for updates and advice.

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