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Calls to close down Accrington hostel
6:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
ACCRINGTON people are calling for the Crossroads hostel for young homeless people to be closed amid claims that residents are causing problems.
Joan Pilkington, 78, who lives in Princess Street, was at home with her daughter when the pair witnessed an altercation in the street between a group of young people.
Several hours later Joan heard a noise, and went downstairs to find that a large traffic cone had been thrown through the window of her living room.
The incident was captured on CCTV, and Joan believes the perpetrator was a Crossroads resident.
She said: “I can only say it sounded like an explosion. I was obviously completely shell shocked.
“I feel violated. You should be able to go to bed at night and know that nobody is going to put your window in for no apparent reason.
“We have enough of these places in Hyndburn and I know they do some good but when things go wrong it’s the residents who have to pick up the pieces.”
Joan’s neighbour Pete Mooring, 38, is also calling for the hostel to be closed after he was assaulted by a man who he believes is the same Crossroads resident who damaged Joan’s window.
He said: “I think it should be shut down.
“I’ve had lots of problems with people from Crossroads, they’ve damaged my car, tried to throw a brick through my window, and shouted abuse at my girlfriend.”
A spokesman from the The Salvation Army, which runs the hostel, said: “The reality of the situation is that we are working with some of the most vulnerable young people in society in the most appropriate way to meet their individual needs.
“We are aware of some disturbances, we have provided information to the police, and held meetings with our residents to make them aware of their responsibilities to respect our neighbourhood.
“We have regular contact with residents in the community and we would be keen to continue that dialogue to assure them that we have taken steps to make our residents aware of the feelings locally and to continue our zero tolerance for any criminal activity and anti-social behaviour inside or around our buildings.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “Police were called to a report of criminal damage at an address on Princess Street whereby a traffic cone has been thrown through a double glazed window.
“Officers are investigating an assault which occurred on Princess Street in Accrington around 10.30pm on Monday. A man was hit in the face by another man with a stick, if anybody witnessed the assault of has any information about it they are asked to call police.”
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