Moorlands beauty spot the latest victim of yobs causing trouble

POLICE resources in the Staffordshire Moorlands continue to stretched by outbreaks of ant-social behaviour involving young people.

In Werrington the problem has been made worse by yobs from neighbouring Stoke-on-Trent teaming joining unruly teenagers from the village causing.

Police have been attempting to crack down on the situation by issuing dispersal orders and urging parents to keep a check on the whereabouts of their children.

Among the other trouble spots in the district is Rudyard Lake, near Leek - a beauty spot famed for its tranquil setting over the years, but sadly this is not the case today.

Officers were called to deal with anti-social behaviour at the Lake on Thursday (June 25) evening.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Officers attended, spoke with visitors and patrolled the area. The easing of lockdown restrictions combined with the recent sunshine and hot weather has understandably increased the number of visitors to reservoirs and beauty spots such as Rudyard Lake.

"However, it is disappointing to see that a small minority are having a negative impact on the area with their actions. We understand the affect this behaviour can have on the community and are asking people to be considerate of others.

"We will continue to police the area and take necessary action against those behaving in an anti-social manner. Anyone with any information or concerns can contact Staffordshire Police by calling 101, reporting online or via social media."

Officers later returned to the Lake, accompanied by paramedics, after reports of a woman falling and being found in a difficult position by the water's edge.

The Rudyard Lake management are urging visitors to obey the rules relating to safety and behaviour.

A Lake management spokesperson said: "We have received reports of people ignoring no swimming signs- in fact they have removed many of them- we advise them not to swim turn our backs and they are back in again.

"In addition people are ignoring our instructions that licences are required before launching on the lake and they are taking the risk of prosecution. Add to which the paramedics are there at this moment treating someone who has fallen off a wall.

"All we ask is that people obey the rules- no swimming and launching only from the dam end when we are open and when we have safety cover- otherwise it won’t be long before there is a serious casualty or worse?"

People are being urged to immediately report instances of anti-social behaviour to the police.

The spokesperson added: "The more reports they receive then the better the chances of regular police attention via a section 34 [dispersal order].

"We too will start to use this method to report swimming and other anti social behaviour at the Lake in the hope of improved police attention."

One latest incident saw someone climb the flagpole at the Lake and ripped down the Union flag.

"Not only have they taken our precious flag but pulled the flag with such force that they have damaged the mechanism in the flagpole itself.

"This will be a costly experience for us and all our staff and volunteers find it absolutely disgusting that someone can contemplate such an act let alone carry it out.

"If anybody should have any information whatsoever please call 101 (anonymously if necessary) ... we really would appreciate your help," the Lake spokesperson added.



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