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Call for action after drunken street party
IRATE Elton residents kept awake by noisy parties under a railway bridge have criticised police for failing to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
A couple, who did not wish to be named, say they are frequently disturbed by loud music and shouting – and have to deal with litter the next day.
Most recently, the couple, of Railway Terrace, were woken at 11.30pm on July 27 by music played from a van and two cars as a group of around 10 adults danced and drank alcohol.
The unnamed woman said she has reported parties of this nature previously.
On the last occasion - despite phone calls to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) at 12.15am, 12.30am and 1.10am – she claims she was told officers were too busy to come out.
The woman said: “We want to highlight how we think the police do not take the public seriously when reporting anti-social behaviour.
“My husband got the impression the people did not care what they were doing to the area and that it was not safe for him to approach them.
“They were all very intoxicated, one was urinating against the bridge wall, and the music they were playing was full of swearing.
“The next day we found litter these hooligans had left.”
Other residents on the street commented on the noise – some via social networking sites.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers received a report loud music was being played from a car under the railway bridge at around 11.45pm on July 27.
He said: “Officers attended the incident around 1.45am on the Sunday and advised the occupants of the vehicle to turn the music down, which they did straight away.
“Details were taken, the vehicles were checked and they were advised if there were any further calls action would be taken against them.
“Greater Manchester Police operates a graded system so incidents where there is a genuine threat to life are given a higher priority – in this instance, no actual crime was committed.
“Local officers will be in contact with the complainant and the area will be included in the anti-social behaviour plan and visited regularly by patrols.”
The woman added: “This noise will have caused a disruption to staff working in the nearby Milliken Industrials factory and their lorry drivers who park here at weekends to sleep after driving long distances.
“If the police cannot patrol the area constantly at the weekend the solution is to put a CCTV cameras on the bridge.”