‘They kicked my front door and car, smashing bottles over the road’ – Stevenage woman considering installing CCTV after teenagers run amok in Great Ashby area

A woman living in the Great Ashby area of Stevenage is considering installing CCTV due to the anti-s

A woman living in the Great Ashby area of Stevenage is considering installing CCTV due to the anti-social behaviour of teenagers. - Credit: Archant

A woman angry at the anti-social behaviour of young people in her neighbourhood says she may install CCTV outside her home to catch the perpetrators in the act.

A resident of Whitehorse Lane in Great Ashby, who did not want to be named, says she was horrified when she saw about 20 teenagers vandalising cars in her street, smashing bottles and shouting loudly at about 11.30pm on Saturday.

She said: “There was a teenager’s party at the community centre and they were obviously going home from that.

“They didn’t look very old - maybe 14 to 16 - but it seemed they were drunk.

“They kicked, punched and jumped on cars parked along the road and smashed glass bottles all over the road.

“They kicked my front door and my car. They jumped on a silver Nissan that was badly damaged. They were being very loud, with the girls screaming.

“A couple of weeks ago we had

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the same thing, but there was probably about 100 teenagers that time. They were going in people’s


“The police were called on both occasions, but they said there’s not a lot they can do unless they catch them in the act.

“If this continues, I for one will be petitioning to have the cut-through blocked. I don’t see why we should suffer due to the disrespectful little so-and-sos who don’t even live in Great Ashby.

“Let them smash up their own area and then see if their parents discipline them.”

She says she has lived there for eight years and there has never been trouble before, but she is now considering getting CCTV installed outside her home.

She said: “All that matters is that we find a resolution to this, so our property isn’t damaged again.”

Great Ashby Community Centre has said it will not be taking

any more bookings for teenage parties.

A spokesman for Herts Police said: “Police were called at 11.10pm on April 9 to Whitehorse Lane to reports of a group of around 20 people kicking vehicles and jumping onto


“The group were believed to be in their late teens and made off towards St Nicholas Park.

“Officers attended and located two vehicles which had been damaged during the incident – a silver Nissan Micra and a silver Chevrolet Lacetti.”

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to call 101, quoting crime reference number E1/16/2352.