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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tucked away on the outskirts of Lancashire lies the quiet and leafy estate of Lindens. However the normally tranquil area in the heart of Skelmersdale has been plagued recently with an upturn in anti-social behavior. Neighbours claim that youths on powerful road bikes have been tearing through the estate, turning alleyways and footpaths into a quasi off-road track. Lancashire Police have vowed to tackle the issue which is becoming a persistent problem in the area. Police say they’ll be targeting locations including housing estates, private land, industrial areas, and cycle tracks and warn they could seize vehicles being used anti-socially and illegally. Despite the promise made by police, concern has started to grow among residents on the estate who claim that in recent weeks the problems have started to intensify. READ MORE: 'Disgusting' paedophile offered 'teenage girl' £100 to perform sex act Speaking to the ECHO, one woman who has lived in the area for the last 20 years, said: "I once walked along a footpath when I saw four lads on a proper bike and I put my arm out to tell them to stop and they kept going and bashed into me. I was fine just more concerned about my dog. I think it is a Skelmersdale-wide issue, there have always been some small problems but nothing like this. "Until recently I have been okay with it but I am beginning to feel scared. A couple of years ago I might have gone out and asked them to stop but I would not do it anymore. I feel they have a sense they can get away with it, you get an impression that they feel inviolate. I know they will grow out of it but at the moment there is a sense that they are out of control." One woman who lives on the estate and did not want to be identified said: "They go down the main path and ride down the back. I had an incident at the shop as I was walking through, one of them nearly hit me. They come round on quad bikes and it is scary but there are no police around.
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. These kids just bomb down there now and they just don't care." Operation Propulsion, which has been launched by the Lancashire Police, will run in conjunction with several partners across Lancashire, including local authorities, and will see an increased amount of officers patrolling locations where residents have raised concerns. One man, who would only be identified as Mr Smith, who has lived on the estate since 2014 said: "I walk my next-door neighbour's dog and they came shooting past me on the footpath at 10am. "They have no helmets on and people report it but nothing seems to be done. It has been going on for months but since March it is an everyday occurrence. READ MORE: Mum 'terrified' as man shot near park where children play "I'm not scared but it must be scary for elderly people. They will do it when mums are walking their kids to St James school and you see them flying up the path. It's an accident waiting to happen." Dave Butcher Neighbourhood Policing Sgt said: “We are aware of ongoing issues regarding anti-social behaviour and specifically off road motorbikes. We have just launched Op Propulsion, which is our force wide initiative to tackle motorbike nuisance and we have a number of local operations coming up over the coming weeks around this area. "We are committed to keeping the community safe and would urge residents to continue to let us know where the issues are and where these bikes are being stored. You can report this anonymously through CrimeStoppers, online at lancashire.police.uk/reportonline, or via our Lancashire Talking survey tool.”
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