Lancaster teenager locked up

Lancaster City Museum and the library entrance (right)
Lancaster City Museum and the library entrance (right)

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was at the forefront of a reign of terror against young people and shoppers in Lancaster’s Market Square.

The boy, part of a group which intimidated members of the public from the steps of Lancaster City Museum, has been locked up for 18 months for a string of offences, including an assault on a young boy in Market Street.

He has also been barred from the library, the city museum, TK Maxx and the Marketgate shopping centre.

Lancashire County Council, which runs the museum, has secured planning permission to install a CCTV camera on its neighbouring Lancaster Library building as it seeks to help police clamp down on young yobs.

The camera will look down over the portico and museum steps, where police have had problems controlling a group which they say have made the area “an unfriendly place to visit”.

Police figures show that since June 200 last year, there have been 63 reported incidents of anti social behaviour in Market Square and Market Street, including street drinking and rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-07-11) for full story.