Gangs are wreaking havoc on Merseyside on buses, stations and streets
Gangs of yobs wreaked havoc across Merseyside on buses, at stations and on the streets.
This week ECHO reported a number of stories about how teenagers and groups of young people have wreaked havoc in recent weeks. Schoolchildren caused £100,000 damage to Arriva buses, thugs assaulted a railway worker and a group of thugs attacked a man trying to help a woman they were targeting.
Five teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage following a number of incidents on buses in Liverpool. Officers arrested three boys aged 13, 14 and 15 from Huyton, a 14-year-old girl from Huyton and a 15-year-old girl from Halewood, all on suspicion of damaging a bus.
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Three of the band members were also arrested for a second act of criminal damage to a bus. The five suspects remain in custody. The arrests come after a “day of action” on Friday April 1.
This was in response to reports of more than 18 incidents on the transport network in recent weeks where reported damage of £100,000 was caused to Arriva buses. Windows were kicked out or smashed, seats destroyed and burned, and a passenger was allegedly assaulted, police said.
The day of action involved officers patrolling bus routes, a mobile police station was located at the Huyton bus station so members of the public could raise concerns. Ground searches were also carried out where the offenders would have stored the tools used to cause the damage.
The majority of the incidents took place on the 10b bus route, with a few incidents on the 14, 15 and 7 buses. On Tuesday, ECHO also reported how a gang chased a station security guard into a hall of bath during an attack.
Mobile phone footage has emerged showing a group of around six boys bullying, kicking and chasing two members of train staff at Formby station. British Transport Police said they received a report of an assault on rail staff at the station at 7.37pm on Sunday April 3.
The start of the video shows six people dressed in black, believed to be teenagers, walking towards a station security guard and another member of staff on the platform. One of the teenagers can be heard saying “get off our guy from the station” as they bully the men.
The two staff members headed for the stairs when one of the teenagers kicked them in the back. The station staff then ran up the stairs to get away from the thugs and the gang continued to chase them. One of the teenagers shouts “do it now” as they run towards the station entrance.
The gang pushed the security guard back into a corner at the station entrance where they again attempted to kick him. The two staff members managed to take cover behind a locked door.
One of the gang members can be seen trying to break down the door while the rest of the teenagers laugh. A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said on Tuesday that investigations were still ongoing into the incident.
A BTP spokesperson told ECHO: “British Transport Police received a report at 7.37pm on Sunday April 3 of an assault on railway staff at Formby station.
“We are aware that images showing this incident are circulating on social media and investigations are still ongoing.
“Any witnesses, or anyone with video footage of the incident, are asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 531 of 3 April.
“Officers are conducting increased patrols in the area following the incident.”
In late March, a gang was seen pushing a “lone woman” before launching an attack on a man who tried to help her. Officers received a report that a group of youths were pushing a lone woman on Banks Road in West Kirby at 7pm on Saturday March 26 when a man who was nearby intervened.
The group then attacked the man, kicking and punching him, and he had to be treated in hospital for fractured ribs. He has since been released.
Now Merseyside Police have released CCTV footage to help identify the three men pictured, who may be able to help with the investigation. Detective Inspector Emma Kerrigan said: ‘This was a shocking and sustained attack on a man who was simply not ready to accept the poor behavior of the young people involved.
“If you recognize the men pictured or witnessed any part of the incident on Banks Road please let us know as any information you have could prove vital in our efforts to bring those responsible to justice.”
If you recognize the group or have any information about this incident, please contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting reference 22000210228. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form. here.