Police appeal after bike-riding teens terrorise Burnley town centre shoppers

Police are appealing for information in relation to a gang of teenagers who have been terrorising elderly shoppers in Burnley town centre.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 5:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th March 2021, 5:22 pm

Officers were called to the town centre on Friday over reports of around 30 teenagers riding their bikes at speed, trying to knock over elderly people, while verbally abusing them.

PCSO Lee Tyler said: "They continued to ride around causing distress to those in the town going about their business, as well as riding the wrong way around the roundabout at Yorkshire Street almost causing several accidents.

"The same group continued to cause issues for residents of Leyland Road the following night.

The teens have been causing trouble in and around Burney town centre

"We are in the process of looking at CCTV with a view to identifying those responsible. However, if you have any information suggesting who was involved then please contact me on 07866 780391.

"Whilst you may think that this is not the 'crime of the century' let me assure you of one thing, it is not acceptable to put persons going about their daily business in fear of their personal safety, especially the elderly."