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How to Tackle the Youths Gathering Outside your House

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 15 Nov 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
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Some teenage gangs will often congregate on parks and street corners for want of having no better place to hang out. Quite often, this will be perfectly innocent and there will be nothing sinister about it. However, it can create a problem if they are constantly congregating outside of your own house, with issues such as noise and litter just two of the less serious problems this can cause.

Don’t Overreact

The chances are that any gangs of teenagers who happen to be congregating outside your house will not be there for long. Therefore, in the vast majority of cases, you should simply ignore their behaviour as it’s likely that they will move on before too long. However, if you’re starting to find that this occurs regularly, there are a few things you can do.

Speak to Them Directly

In deciding to speak to the teenagers directly, it’s important to assess the situation first of all. If, for example, they have been drinking alcohol, the situation might get out of hand. There have been so many cases where adults have been attacked when confronting youths, so if you’re unsure of your own safety, Call The Police.

If the teenagers are just outside your house but not threatening anybody’s safety or damaging property, the best thing would be to call your local police force and ask them to send out an officer out to investigate. In most cases, a stern word from a police officer will see them move on, but the police also have the power to issue a dispersal order and to take other action if necessary.

If you do decide to go out to talk to them, avoid any confrontation, keep a safe distance and ensure you can get back into your house quickly if need be. It’s often very much a judgement call but if you’re polite and simply ask them to move on because you can’t get to sleep or your baby’s crying, for example, they’ll usually comply with your wishes. You should go back inside and call the police at the first sign of any hostility or abuse. Don't make the mistake of 'rising to the bait' or being drawn into an argument which could escalate the problem.

Sitting on Walls or Fences

If teenage gangs are congregating by sitting on your wall or fence, they are trespassing and there are laws against this. Equally, there are Anti-Social Laws relating to noise, litter and damage to property, so the police have a duty to investigate these matters if you are concerned.

Community Initiatives

For many kids, the problems caused by congregating outside of people’s homes is because there is nowhere else to go – at least in their eyes. If these kinds of problems are occurring in your neighbourhood, it can be a good idea to get together with other residents and with local community groups and community police officers to see if there is anything that can be introduced that might help to alleviate the problem.

Many teenage kids feel marginalised within their local community. By getting involved in community initiatives which demonstrate that you care about teenagers’ opinions, you may learn a lot. Maybe you can help to set up some kind of youth group in your area? It often helps if you speak with the heads of local secondary schools who may also be able to shed some light on the causes of the problems. This might also enable you to jointly come up with some kind of initiative whereby the youths will have a safe place to go to socialise and to engage in some types of sporting or leisure activities.

If residents collectively give up a little of their own free time to address the concerns of the youths in conjunction with local community groups, this can often have the effect of helping teenagers to find a suitable place to meet up and to participate in stimulating activities, which will help them feel a part of their own community and Make The Neighbourhood A Nicer Place To Live.

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I live opposite a park and groups of teenagers gather there pretty much every night. They play loud music and scream and shout. Recently they’ve only been directly outside my house, and it’s all I can hear all the time. There’s constantly stuff going on such as broken beer bottles over the park, which my dog cut his paw on whilst we were taking him for a walk the next day. Always litter over there and they constantly set the park on fire. Our bin has been stolen twice and we’ve found it burnt out over the park. I honestly can’t take it anymore, I’ve contacted the police who told me to contact the council. Contacted the council who told me to contact the police. Me and my partner are saving to purchase a new property, but that could take years. I don’t know what to do anymore, it causes me and my partner to argue and is making me very depressed.
SickandTired - 15-Nov-19 @ 6:13 PM
So, do kids just want a place to hang out? Okay fine, let them hang out at a place of their choosing and let them conduct themselves in a decent and respectable fashion. I cannot see anyone having a problem with that. Perhaps this actually happens somewhere, but the reality is that most kids do not hang out without behaving antisocially. Instead of being members of polite society and respecting their fellow man and woman, they choose to eschew any shred of basic decency and resort to vile and toxic antisocial acts. I cannot claim to have been an angel when I was a teenager and yes, I dabbled in regretable acts of moronism. However, the worst of these acts took place on wasteland, away from people and their properties. Back on the streets, the occasional 'knock down ginger' was played, some doors were 'egged' once or twice and windows pelted with soft berries at night. Occasionally, my friends and I were threatened by annoyed neighbours with a dowsing of water, a clip round the ear, or a call to the police and this deterred us to some extent and certainly ensured the same person was never targetted by us for more than twice in the same year. Beyond these silly, antisocial acts my friends and I went fishing, boating, to the cinema, to friends houses for computer gaming or watching TV, walking to woodlands or the countryside, camping, skating on frozen ponds (usually unsuccessfully), lighting small fires, flying kites, running, trespassing on building sites etc. etc. What I am trying to get at, is that we were basically harmless, engaging for the most part in healthy activities and never endangering peoples lives, nor really blighting them to the extent that continuous aggravation might have on the same person or persons in their property. We had the imaginationto explore. We were also, and this is very important, absolutely and never violent to anyone, not even among ourselves. Perhaps our actions were because we were from a time (late 1970s/early 1980s) when strict parenting and proper policing meant something and could effectively control our actions and mindset. A threat to get the police involved, or even your mother and father discouraged any further antisocial activity. Fast forward to today and things are very different. For the things I did in my youth, even though I would say that they were not that bad in the grand scheme of things, karma seems to have dealt me a hefty poke in the eye. Over many years, going back to the early 2000s, I found myself besieged by small to large groups of youths, using the sheltered area and stairwell beneath my property to litter, spit, urinate, play music, play football, shout, fight, vandalise, commit arson, smoke weed, deal in drugs etc. I can now empathize with those who suffered the receiving end of my few antisocial activities. The actions of these youths throughout the years slowly turned me into a nervous wreck and plunged me into a deep depression. The inaction of the local council and rel
kerosene lamp b'lon - 12-Oct-19 @ 3:14 PM
I just moved into a new house right next to a bus stop. Every night a group of teenagers, presumably drunk, congregate there and shout and scream, alarming my dog and prevents me from sleep. I live on a private road but I still find cigarette boxes and litter on my drive and I assume my neighbours are having the same problem with these people. Does anyone know what to do? Am I allowed to call the police? Thanks in advance.
I’m new - 12-Jul-19 @ 11:42 PM
This past month we have a group of youths hanging out directly under our flat window. I wouldn’t mind but they play music out of a speaker really loudly and it travels up to my flat so I can’t even drown the noise out with my tv. They smoke weed, leave rubbish. The council & police haven’t done anything. They both say it’s the other ones responsibility to act on it. I’ve got really bad anxiety and when my husband is at work I struggle to sleep, or even just take my dog for a walk because they are there.
Ljn - 15-Apr-19 @ 8:51 PM
I am having problems with a group of youths congregating in the communal areas of my flat. Smoking, doing drugs, making loud noise. I asked them to leave and now I feel as though they have made it there goal to target me. Yesterday night they were shining laser pointers through my window and spat all over the staircase to my flat. They are stubbing out cigarrettes on the carpet floor. I called local police twice and they said not much they can do, they will try and pass by. Called 999 when they were outside my door, tresspassing and doing drugs inside but the police did not come. Really do not know what to do
AJP - 6-Apr-19 @ 12:25 PM
I live in a salix home house and the son of a man is always outside with all his mates till stupid times at night, being loud throwing things at windows, coming in my garden, I rang the police but because I couldn't give names they didnt do anything . I feel let down as I'm a single mum with anxiety and depression and no family around, I can't talk to anyone on the road as everyone knows everyone and I dont want anything coming back on me and my kids as my daughter goes to school with one or two of them. I need help lots making me so ill and worried every night
Fedup19 - 19-Mar-19 @ 9:13 PM
Gangs keep gathering outside my home and in the past I have engaged with them to keep the noise down or move along. This hasn’t worked and now they are becoming increasingly aggressive towards myself and my neighbours. Police have been made aware but have been little or no help. What should I do? We are at wits end.
Rt - 5-Jan-19 @ 1:42 PM
"Fedup Too", I do sympathise, I fully appreciate the misery - in the same boat myself.Sadly this behaviour is a reflection of our time.I hope that these "brats" get bored and decide to move on. I don't know if it would help to get out to a library during the day?Possibly volunteering to get you our of the house?It is difficult, I have the same thing to deal with and it wears you down.No you are not over reacting - you have every right to privacy and quiet enjoyment of your property. The other thought I had might be to have a friendly chat with them if you feel able to approach them, during day light hours?Have a chat with neighbours, gain some support,don't feel alone, there is so much you can do, try not to feel alone! I really hope things improve for you.- take care and chat to neighbours/family!
Anon - 8-Aug-18 @ 6:31 PM
Interesting reading other peoples issues. That time of year again which I dread with higher anxiety. I still live in my end bungalow after 5years. Yesterday a little so and so was jumping up and down on my garden wall which is full of nice flowers. I knocked hard on the window, he turned, saw me and got down. Tonight about 7pm I heard faint tapping from my living room window and went to look through the blinds, 3 kids had decided to use my window to play on. I again knocked angrily this time and they saw me and left with their scooters. I am sick of getting so angry an then I cry that I allow them to make me anxious. I have been on a low dosage of antidepressant but I don't like using them an they're not helping much. I can;t get a job so I am in a lot. I am dreading the next 6 weeks when they're all off. The council built a park within walking distance for the kids last year where they do use a lot but still get the few who like to terrorise us. Why can't they play in their own garden and not using the ledge underneath my window?? The council do sod all. 'Unless I know who they are etc...' The police do what they can but they cannot solve everything. I like my bungalow and the area in general but the kids drive me to despair where I wish I could again move but have no money to do so. I have the few times a month where I house sit for family when they use the caravan so I get some respite from the kids but why must they be so unreasonable? Other older people in my area also get trouble like door knocking, climbing over their gardens etc. I really do not know what to, over reacting maybe, but this IS MY HOME, go an play in your own gardens.
FEDUP TOO - 18-Jul-18 @ 8:55 PM
Since me and my partner moved into the house we currently live in a group of neighbourhood kids have always hung out outside our house. For the most part they never really bothered us, however recently they have started to target our house. It started with them throwing eggs and water balloons at the windows and door. They have also caused damage to the drainage attached to our house, we had to get a specialist out to get it fixed. They have started to bang and knock on the windows whenever our cats are sat on them and started knocking on the door to wind our dog up. This is really distressing for 2 of my cats in particular as they had a very bad start in life and have developed really anxiety issues. I myself have anxiety, paranoia and other health issues and my partner is disabled. Today, as my partner and I was watching tv, one of them has just ran past my house and threw open my front door. Normally we keep it locked however I had forgotten to lock it today. I don't know what to do as they are only between the ages of about 5 years old and 13 years old. My partner and are afraid to leave to our house in fear that they might do something to it. We tape the letterbox up on a night before we go to bed in case they try to put anything threw it. I'm started to feel less and less safe in my own.
Aeraena - 10-Jul-18 @ 8:49 PM
Since me and my partner moved into the house we currently live in a group of neighbourhood kids have always hung out outside our house. For the most part they never really bothered us, however recently they have started to target our house. It started with them throwing eggs and water balloons at the windows and door. They have also caused damage to the drainage attached to our house, we had to get a specialist out to get it fixed. They have started to bang and knock on the windows whenever our cats are sat on them and started knocking on the door to wind our dog up. This is really distressing for 2 of my cats in particular as they had a very bad start in life and have developed really anxiety issues. I myself have anxiety, paranoia and other health issues and my partner is disabled. Today, as my partner and I was watching tv, one of them has just ran past my house and threw open my front door. Normally we keep it locked however I had forgotten to lock it today. I don't know what to do as they are only between the ages of about 5 years old and 13 years old. My partner and are afraid to leave to our house in fear that they might do something to it. We tape the letterbox up on a night before we go to bed in case they try to put anything threw it. I'm started to feel less and less safe in my own.
Aeraena - 10-Jul-18 @ 8:43 PM
Bagel - Your Question:
For the last month and a half I have had several youths and on some occasions large groups of youths congregating in the communal areas of where my flat is. Even as I type this message, they are sat outside, making a racket. This has been going on for awhile, the police have been called on numerous occasions. They are sat outside til 3-4am. They are incredibly loud, smoking weed (the smell wafts up to my window, as it is summer, it’s too warm to close my bedroom window), playing music and generally being a pest. At one point they were playing football in the early hours of the morning. I have tried speaking to them, this resulted in them threatening to kick a ball through my window. I am so fed up and knackered in the morning due to the lack of sleep!

Our Response:
What did the police say/do? Can you tell us whether you have talked to your local community policing team about this? Have you followed the advice in the above article?
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Jun-18 @ 9:19 AM
For the last month and a half I have had several youths and on some occasions large groups of youths congregating in the communal areas of where my flat is. Even as I type this message, they are sat outside, making a racket. This has been going on for awhile, the police have been called on numerous occasions. They are sat outside til 3-4am. They are incredibly loud, smoking weed (the smell wafts up to my window, as it is summer, it’s too warm to close my bedroom window), playing music and generally being a pest. At one point they were playing football in the early hours of the morning. I have tried speaking to them, this resulted in them threatening to kick a ball through my window. I am so fed up and knackered in the morning due to the lack of sleep!
Bagel - 17-Jun-18 @ 2:36 AM
lozza - Your Question:
We share a private road with 3 other properties all of whom we get on very well with. Just recently a group of young teenage boys have been using our road to ride their bikes on and generally be a nuisance. When asked to leave they answered back and said their dad said they can do what they want. They are becoming a real pain. Where do we stand on this? Thanks

Our Response:
Do the teenage boys belong to a household from the private road? What sort of nuisance? Sorry there's not really much information to go on here.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Jun-18 @ 2:12 PM
We share a private road with 3 other properties all of whom we get on very well with. Just recently a group of young teenage boys have been using our road to ride their bikes on and generally be a nuisance. When asked to leave they answered back and said their dad said they can do what they want. They are becoming a real pain. Where do we stand on this? Thanks
lozza - 6-Jun-18 @ 9:51 PM
I have a problem with people young people and teenagers hanging outside during spring and summer months they hang outside my flat because there is a Indian take away below me. Its the delivery people and staff they employ causing the nuisance. Its like this from 4.30pm til 12am 6 nights a week Tuesday to Sunday I've now got the council involved because its effecting my health a lot more I'm disabled and have mental health problems. This has been going a lot worse during warm weather. The manager in the take away can't seem to control his staff or tell the staff and delivery drivers to be quieter. They consent bang doors shout yell scream for many hours and one couple who is there let's their child out of her push chair and let her walk into the road where there are cars tractors lorrys buses are its near a main road where i live an resdental area and a park is only five min walk away from mine there was a delivery driver who almost hit the little girl she the driver was delivery food and the driver almost went and hit the little girl with her car. The both parents where both howling with laughter I reported this immediately to the council and I have wrote down the times days this has been happening its nothing but anti social behaviour. They are two lots of groups teenagers and young adults doing this. I'm at my wits end with this all the take away staff and delivery people dont seem to care. I feel like im on my own with this but the council did say they will be in touch with me in about ten days
Lil37 - 14-May-18 @ 12:15 AM
My house is being targeted by a group of 3 kids under 10 and two teenage girls with constant knock a door run and if we open the door to confront them we called all sorts of names under the sun and other sorts of rubbish due to me being foreign. This all started when we called out one of the under 10s for stealing my kid's toys and the issue the teenage girls have with us is that we called the police on the neighbor that lives behind us when he was beating up his partner last year and the girls know him. If we could afford it we'd move to a better neighborhood but unfortunately we can't and we don't know what else to do.
Had enough - 31-Mar-18 @ 8:53 AM
4 houses were bought by a private landlord and an organisation in line with NHS house young people with mental health issues.One of the houses is made into flats and homes people with more independent living.This has been fine for years but suddenly some new residents have moved in.They have had a very bad effect on the other residents.Now they congregate in the front gardens and run backward and forwards between the properties shouting, standing on the walls.It feels very intimidating.There are staff there but they don't sort it out.Should we have to put up with this?Who will listen?
dibs - 14-Oct-17 @ 9:56 PM
It's a long story & I will try & cut it short. A abusive problem neighbour has finally been evicted from the property next door to me. The problem is every night her children come back to the property with their mates staring through my kitchen window. Chucking things & congregating around the side entrence and back yard. I have told the landlord but it still happening every night. The police send a car to patrol but always about 3 hours after incident. I am so fed up of this family. Is there anything else I can do?
Concerned resident - 11-Oct-17 @ 12:51 AM
Anthony21 - Your Question:
Youths stole our bench from our communal garden to take around to the other side of the building (there are 2 small rows of villas each house 8 studios however many are vacant so theres only a handful of tenants) these youths use the bench to sit on to take drugs and deal drugs and make noise till all hours and litter the place. The side they sit on is hidden behind loads of foliage and plants so neighbour said we should cut down the foliage so they the youths can be seen from the street. He put off cutting down the foliage so I spent the while evening doing it myself. After I cut down a lot of it I said to neigbour lets move the bench into the locked shed, (he is a huge very strong guy )if theres no bench they cant sit there! My neighbour keeps putting off moving the bench now too? I can't understand it as it would take between the pair of us a matter of seconds? Why complaing about the issue when he wants the bench moved yet won't do anything or even phone anyone from the council or coos anonymously?Its like I am the only one who ever ends up doing stuff to try to help. I phoned mobile patrol who just laughed and hang up the phone, they do not give a damn. The Council are aware buy won't do anything. My disabled old neighbour is scared of them as they intimidate him when he used to sit outside in his part of the garden. The youths also dump mopeds in the garden. He won't call police or anyone either. I tried to ring 101 number the other day for over an hour and still could not get through and tried ringing camden safer neighbourhood police, the phone rings then cuts off! At a loss what to do as its weekend and bank holiday tomorrow and then half term so the youths will be there every day! Im not strong enough to move bench alone and the guy who wants it moved is really the only tenant who can help (other tenant is dusbked and the other lady is in get 90s.

Our Response:
Maybe the other person is frightened to be seen moving the bench back. If you don't feel as though you're getting any help from local police or from your landlord/management company, try contacting your local councillor or MP, they usually know who to contact and how to get things done. Citizens' Advice also often has contact numbers for local authority figures who can help.
ProblemNeighbours - 30-May-17 @ 2:02 PM
youths stole our bench from our communal garden to take around to the other side of the building (there are 2 small rows of villas each house 8 studios however many are vacant so theres only a handful of tenants) these youths use the bench to sit on to take drugs and deal drugs and make noise till all hours and litter the place. The side they sit on is hidden behind loads of foliage and plants so neighbour said we should cut down the foliage so they the youths can be seen from the street. He put off cutting down the foliage so i spent the while evening doing it myself. After i cut down a lot of it i said to neigbour lets move the bench into the locked shed, (he is a huge very strong guy )if theres no bench they cant sit there! My neighbour keeps putting off moving the bench now too?I can't understand it as it would take between the pair of us a matter of seconds? Why complaing about the issue when he wants the bench moved yet won't do anything or even phone anyone from the council or coos anonymously?Its like i am the only one who ever ends up doing stuff to try to help. I phoned mobile patrol who just laughed and hang up the phone, they do not give a damn. The Council are aware buy won't do anything. My disabled old neighbour is scared of them as they intimidate him when he used to sit outside in his part of the garden. The youths also dump mopeds in the garden. He won't call police or anyone either. I tried to ring 101 number the other day for over an hour and still could not get through and tried ringing camden safer neighbourhood police, the phone rings then cuts off! At a loss what to do as its weekend and bank holiday tomorrow and then half term so the youths will be there every day! Im not strong enough to move bench alone and the guy who wants it moved is really the only tenant who can help (other tenant is dusbked and the other lady is in get 90s.
Anthony21 - 28-May-17 @ 6:13 AM
Hi, I am renting a property and have been for almost a year and every day we have ever issues with lads smoking weed, littering making a racket fighting with Base ball bat's outside my front door they also lean on my window and door. We have asked them to move politely a number of time this hasn't worked, we have set up cctv with a significant sign and they know it is their. Our front door leads straight on to the road however they are now stopping my partner from entering the front door as they just stand leaning against it and will not move. The police are aware but have done nothing, we are going out of our mind with what we can do we have looked into anti vandal paint for the window ledge but there are kids that play outside
Chazabella - 24-May-17 @ 9:27 PM
Thanks I asked northumberland council twice for a fence and they said no, I can get one but what was the point of asking?? It looks as if Hawthorne is the only way to solve it as it can grow high and if it is planted right might work just have to wait until we get some. I am house sitting at the moment where there are more traffic than kids which is better for me think I would love to move my bungalow elsewhere! Funny how whenever you ask for help from your local housing authority all you get is 'no' so long as they get the rent money. Yet again, roll on September as we have the two week easter break coming up soon, unless it rains every day so will the kids be out and terroising the area.
fedup - 1-Apr-17 @ 10:18 PM
fedup - Your Question:
Hi in view to your reply, I have roses and other plants on the garden but there is no soil for the area where the kids sit on my wall. I asked twice to Northumberland council to put up a simple fence but the answer is always a flat no. They said I am able to put one up myself but I wouldn't have asked them to do it as I am out of work and cannot afford to do so.Today for example, the first nice day and a few kids girls from ages 4 upwards like to lean on the wall and fill small boxes with my tree bark and god knows what else from the garden. I am easily agitated but its a waste of time telling them to go away as they come back. I am looking into anti vandal pain (black paint that never dries) and with signs up this might work so long as I don't get blamed for the kids who fail to notice the big yellow signs if they get their clothes dirty. All I can do is monitor them and take photos (which I don't like to do). I am right in all our council want from you is the rent money they're very picky at offering to help with anything else! All I can also say is roll on September as after the clocks change tonight I hate the lighter nights as by not able to get a job I notice things more like the kids being out longer and I am no able to move as that isn't cheap. Somethings in life aren't fair anymore.

Our Response:
We hope that you manage to get something sorted out and that you find someone who can support you in persuading the youths to move someone else. Do try and speak to a local councillor or your PCSO for some support.
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Mar-17 @ 12:47 PM
Hi in view to your reply, I have roses and other plants on the garden but there is no soil for the area where the kids sit on my wall. I asked twice to Northumberland council to put up a simple fence but the answer is always a flat no. They said I am able to put one up myself but I wouldn't have asked them to do it as I am out of work and cannot afford to do so. Today for example, the first nice day and a few kids girls from ages 4 upwards like to lean on the wall and fill small boxes with my tree bark and god knows what else from the garden. I am easily agitated but its a waste of time telling them to go away as they come back. I am looking into anti vandal pain (black paint that never dries) and with signs up this might work so long as I don't get blamed for the kids who fail to notice the big yellow signs if they get their clothes dirty. All I can do is monitor them and take photos (which I don't like to do). I am right in all our council want from you is the rent money they're very picky at offering to help with anything else! All I can also say is roll on September as after the clocks change tonight I hate the lighter nights as by not able to get a job I notice things more like the kids being out longer and I am no able to move as that isn't cheap. Somethings in life aren't fair anymore.
fedup - 25-Mar-17 @ 10:35 PM
Fedup - Your Question:
Hi I live in a bungalow on the end and from Nov its been lovely as during the winter kids are hardly out I loathe Sumner nights, unfortunately I just went to close my living room blinds and as usual a girl was hitting the plastic PVC below window with a stick then ran off with mate (about 6yrs) I get kids leaning on my wall picking at MY plants and using the wall to play on I live in a reasonably good area but the bungalows have council houses around with families who have a lot of kids. I am looking for work and I house sit at my dads so I try not to be in but my anxiety goes right up when kids start messing about. I call the police after a while but I really don't like this time of the year! Can it be winter again so the kids stay in?!!

Our Response:
Do you have space outside under your window where you could grow some "prickly" shrubs like pyracantha etc? This would prevent the children from getting too close and also from kicking their ball against your wall. Speak with your local council (if they have an amenities or youth development officer try them) and also your local police community support officer if you have one.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Mar-17 @ 2:16 PM
Hi I live in a bungalow on the end and from Nov its been lovely as during the winter kids are hardly out I loathe Sumner nights, unfortunately I just went to close my living room blinds and as usual a girl was hitting the plastic PVC below window with a stick then ran off with mate (about 6yrs) I get kids leaning on my wall picking at MY plants and using the wall to play on I live in a reasonably good area but the bungalows have council houses around with families who have a lot of kids. I am looking for work and I house sit at my dads so I try not to be in but my anxiety goes right up when kids start messing about. I call the police after a while but I really don't like this time of the year! Can it be winter again so the kids stay in?!!
Fedup - 10-Mar-17 @ 6:22 PM
We recently moved into a property, only to find that we have no end of chavs turning up outside of our property smoking weed, littering, causing disterbance (throwing stones etc) they also come up onto our roof terrace and climb over the roofs of theshops (we live in a flat on top of a shop), the police do absolutley nothing and have been called many times, most of which they dont even bother turning up.
James - 27-Feb-17 @ 7:20 PM
Patienceofasaint - Your Question:
I live on an estate and helped to start the youth club 16 years ago. I try to be friendly to young people who hang out near my house. Recently a serious drug problem has developed with Class A drug dealing and gang activity. We took secret photos and kept a log. We sent info to the police and the gangs unit. 13 drug dealers have now been banned from the estate and we now have CCTV BUT the chair of the tenants association is not happy. She says there is no proof and is trying to get the CCTV removed. She has made official complaints about the CCTV and has now invited the drug dealers to resident association meetings and said she will help them to get a grant to work with young people ! She won't believe they are drug dealers. I had to work secretly behind the scenes to get this stopped because anything I told her she told the drug dealers. We feel she is putting our (the other people on the residents association) lives at risk. We want to kick her out at the next AGM but she won't call a meeting. She keeps copying the gang members into emails (they are not on the committee) We have asked her not to but she continues. Is there anything we can do to stop her inviting gang members to meetings ??

Our Response:
Can you adapt the terms/conditions of the youth club committee so that others cannot be copied on matters concerning internal affairs?
ProblemNeighbours - 21-Nov-16 @ 10:27 AM
I forgot to add that the police agree with us and recognised many big time drug dealers in the photos. These guys do not even live on the estate, some do not even live in London they are just using our homes as a place to deal drugs. I wondered if a legal letter could stop the chair of the resident's association from including them in email discussions, inviting them to meetings. In case you are interested- she is against CCTV because she is an old hippie. She says someday the fascists will take over the government and they will use the CCTV to round up people. Taking photos is really effective but you must not letthe drug dealers know that you are doing it. We got a secret camera and we were really careful.
Patienceofasaint - 18-Nov-16 @ 3:29 AM
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