Clam­p­down on youths aims to end taxi driv­ers’ ter­ror

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

AMA­JOR op­er­a­tion has been launched to clamp down on youths who are ter­ror­is­ing taxi driv­ers.

Driv­ers in Mid­dle­ton town cen­tre say they have been pelted with bricks and even had planks of wood thrown at their ve­hi­cles by young peo­ple in an on­go­ing cam­paign of ha­rass­ment.

Driver Fran­cis Caine has pre­vi­ously spo­ken out about the is­sue, which he says has been go­ing on for a decade, but has re­cently es­ca­lated.

He says he has even wit­nessed youths try­ing to start a fire on a petrol sta­tion fore­court.

Some driv­ers say they have re­duced their work­ing hours be­cause of the prob­lems and that they have been forced to spend money on re­peat ve­hi­cle re­pairs.

Now a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions have joined forces to tackle the is­sue, pledg­ing to boost the po­lice pres­ence and slap be­hav­iour or­ders on trou­ble­mak­ers.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Rochdale coun­cil, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, Mid­dle­ton Town­ship com­mit­tee and lo­cal taxi and pri­vate hire com­pa­nies have com­mit­ted to clamp­ing down on the anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Fol­low­ing the last Mid­dle­ton Town­ship com­mit­tee, where con­cerns were raised about the safety of driv­ers, their pas­sen­gers and pedes­tri­ans, the bor­ough’s agen­cies have now agreed to work to­gether to tackle the is­sue.

The ac­tion in­cludes in­creas­ing the pres­ence of po­lice and agency staff, more CCTV cov­er­age and sup­port for victims to re­port the crimes.

GMP will also be able to use pow­ers such as crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­ders and dis­per­sal or­ders to stop anti-so­cial be­hav­iour where ap­pro­pri­ate.

Coun­cil­lor Sara Row­botham, ward coun­cil­lor for North Mid­dle­ton, said: “I am dis­ap­pointed and sad­dened to hear about a small num­ber of our young peo­ple in­flict­ing prob­lems on driv­ers in Mid­dle­ton.

“This type of inconsiderate and dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated and I am con­fi­dent that by work­ing to­gether with our part­ners we will be able to im­prove the safety of driv­ers and the peo­ple of Mid­dle­ton.”

Res­i­dents with con­cerns about an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour can re­port it at rochdale. gov. uk/ an­ti­so­cial­be­haviour or on 0300 303 8878.

Coun Sara Row­botham said she was ‘dis­ap­pointed and sad­dened’ to hear about the prob­lems

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