GANGS of youths have been intimidating residents, verbally abusing shop workers and drinking in the streets in Crosby.
Merseyside Police say they have been contacted by a number of concerned locals who say large groups of teenagers have been roaming the streets including Cooks Road, Crosby Village and Liverpool Road.
Residents say they have been gathering outside shops and pubs and hurling abuse at passers-by.
Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell visited the area last week and along with MP Bill Esterson, met with staff at The Birkey public house, on Cooks Road, who have witnessed the gangs.
MP Esterson said he has asked Merseyside Police to step up patrols to “address anti-social behaviour hot spots” and that they have already responded to him.
Mr Esterson said: “Thank you to Merseyside Police who responded so quickly to my requests for intervention in these cases.
“The police tell me it is crucial that people report incidents to them, via 999 or the online reporting tool on the Merseyside Police website, or via Twitter.
“If the police don’t know incidents are occurring they can’t do anything about them.
“Unfortunately anti-social behaviour is seen in various locations across the borough and residents should not have to put up with it.
“However, there should be more activities targeted at young people, and the police tell me they have been working with Sale Sharks rugby club to see what activities might be offered to make it more likely that young people will avoid being involved in anti social behaviour.
“Under our Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell, we are bringing more officers back to the streets of Merseyside and having more neighbourhood policing is crucial if the police are to help reduce the impact on anti social behaviour.
“Thank you to the police officers for their swift actions in response to the concerns raised by my constituents.”