Police called after ‘horde’ of youths abuse village residents


Police were called Bolnore Village after reports youths were throwing bangers, abusing residents and ‘squaring up’ to each other, the force has said.

Officers attended two incidents in the village just after 9pm on Friday, July 22, after receiving calls from residents about anti-social behaviour in the area.

A concerned resident told the Middy: “A horde of about 50 youths went through Bolnore village at about 9pm, breaking into people’s gardens and threatening residents.

“My wife was alone with our four children and had these kids shouting at her from her back porch that they were going to break-in.

“The police were called but the group had run away over the rec before they arrived.”

He added he believed the youths were celebrating the last day of term and had been drinking.

Police said they were called to an incident in Updown Hill at about 9pm involving about 40 youths.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said the youngsters were reported to be ‘squaring up’ to each other near houses in the area.

“Officers arrived at the scene within a few minutes, but the groups, numbering around 40, had dispersed and all was calm.

“A number of youths were spoken to, but no offences were noted.”

A short time later police attended another incident in Cattswood Lane.

Officers said about 15 youths were reported to be throwing bangers at properties and abusing people who remonstrated with them

“Again police attended, but the youths, believed to be aged 13-15, had gone,” the spokesman said.

“A PCSO was tasked to patrol the area over the weekend. No further reports have been received.”

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