‘Trespass’ teens target Clitheroe Football Club

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Residents are being asked to dial 999 following a spate of anti-social behaviour at Clitheroe Football Club.

The club’s chairlady Anne Barker explained that the problem has been ongoing for months, but with the lighter nights approaching local residents’ help was needed to catch the culprits.

It would be a great help if local residents can also keep a look out and let the police know as soon as they see anyone trespassing so that they might be in with a chance of catching them

Clitheroe FC’s Anne Barker

“The residents on Taylor Street have been sent a letter asking them to be on the look out for any suspicious behaviour at the club, but I would also like to appeal to the residents of Highmoor Park to also keep a look out as those living on the estate will have a better view of the ground,” Anne explained.

“The police have a key to the ground and have made checking the ground part of their rounds. However, it would be a great help if local residents can also keep a look out and let the police know as soon as they see anyone trespassing so that they might be in with a chance of catching them.”

Anne added that teenagers aged between 13 and 15, with the lighter nights drawing in, would soon be trespassing on the ground to play football. Other older teenagers, meanwhile, use the ground as a recreational area to smoke and drink out of their parents’ view.

“We are all volunteers at the club and although there has only been bits of damage it all takes time to sort out and is needless,” Anne said.

A spokeswoman for Clitheroe Police told the Clitheroe Advertiser that here has been a marked increase in anti-social behaviour and the number of people trespassing in the grounds during the evening with evidence of alcohol and drug use found.

The most recent incident has resulted in damage being caused to a gate and net.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team at Clitheroe Police Station is asking residents to phone them on 101 if they see anyone acting suspiciously on the pitch after hours.