Youths the target of police anti-social crackdown in Garstang

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A police operation sparked by complaints about rowdy behaviour has been launched in Garstang.

The neighbourhood policing team started the crackdown in the town centre and other surrounding areas over the last few weeks.

Locals have reported anti-social behaviour and criminal damage caused by youths and young drivers.

Operation Crank will run until November 6 to include Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night and National Anti-Social Behaviour Week.

Police dogs and roads policing unit officers have all been involved.

So far, a 16-year-old boy has been found in possession of cannabis and a house party with under-age drinkers closed down and alcohol seized.

A 12-year-old boy had a laser pen seized and destroyed after a resident reported repeated issues with it being shone into their house.

And people caught driving with the intention to cause harassment and distress were told their cars would be seized if they were stopped again.

PCSO John Holland said: “It is important we do not demonise all young people because of the actions of a small minority.

“Garstang needs to be an enjoyable place for everyone, whatever their age, as long as they are enjoying themselves legally, responsibly and in ways that do not affect the enjoyment of others.”