IT is a small number of 'young people' who are causing concern on the tram network say police.

The news comes after a meeting held this morning between police, headteachers, councillors and transport bosses.

Ch Supt Stuart Ellison, the territorial commander for Bury at Greater Manchester Police, said: "We are aware of a number of incidents happening at tram stops around Bury and brought relevant agencies together today to ensure we are working together to reassure the community and tackle the issue.

"It would appear that some young people travel to Bury to socialise, with the majority spending time together, having fun and abiding by the law. However, the inappropriate behaviour of a small group of young people has given the community cause for concern."

The meeting of partners comes after Cllr Alan Quinn said there were concerns incidents on the Metrolink were the ‘beginning of a gang culture.

Ch Supt Ellison said: "School leaders joined us for the meeting today and we are working closely with them to continue to help keep our children safe and to put a stop to inappropriate behaviour. Their support is invaluable.

"We take all reports of crime extremely seriously and will work with agencies to continue to tackle this issue; however we can see that on the whole antisocial behaviour in Bury is still relatively low.

"We do not want a small number of young people who are behaving inappropriately to make anyone feel unsafe in their community, and we are working together to bring offenders to justice.

"If anyone does have any concerns, please speak to your local neighbourhood policing team or call us on 101.

"Alternatively, anyone with information on recent incidents can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

On Thursday, a 15-year-old boy voluntarily attended North Manchester Police Stations for questioning. This was in connection with an assault that happened in Bury on Friday, July 7.

Ch Supt Ellison confirmed inquiries into the incident were still ongoing.

He said: "We continue to work with our partners to pursue other lines of enquiry and bring offenders to justice - this could include both police and civil options."