Extra police to stop shootings in Normanton

Insp. Lisa Kirkland
Insp. Lisa Kirkland

A COMMUNITY is fighting back against air gun yobs, arsonists and graffiti vandals.

People living close to Newlaithes Crescent in Normanton have had enough of the gangs ruining their neighbourhood.

Police worked hard last year to tackle problems with tree fires and graffiti, but have now upped patrols in the area again and made it one of their top priorities after reports of teenagers shooting wildlife.

Police say a boy has been seen shooting an air rifle and residents have found dead birds in their gardens.

On Wednesday officers joined force with councillors and residents to walk the streets and see what improvements they can make.

Insp Lisa Kirkland, of Normanton neighbourhood police team (NPT), said: “It is a lovely area, but we have made it our priority as we keep receiving reports of graffiti, arson and someone with an air weapon.

“It has caused distress to neighbours and people have been upset.

“We are to put together an action plan to see how the different agencies can work together to come up with short, middle and long-term solutions.

“We are not going to resolve this in a week, but we want to work with residents to resolve any issues.

“We have put extra patrols in the location and will be speaking to schools about the dangers of shooting.”

Residents say they have also had problems with fly-tipping and a public meeting is to be held next month to look at all the issues.

Anyone with information about the shootings should call the police on 01924 295454.