YOUNG vandals have thrown eggs at a retirement home, destroyed a memorial bench and taken drugs in toilets, councillors reveal.

At least five anti-social behaviour incidents involving Ribble Valley teenagers have been reported to Whalley Parish Council in the last four weeks.

The parish council's clerk, Mandy Richardson, is attempting to organise a multi-agency meeting involving councillors, the police, local schools to try and tackle the issue.

Ward councillor Terry Hill voiced his concerns about the 'worrying' problem and said: "We desperately need a greater police presence on the streets of Whalley."

The first of the five recent incidents took place on February 25 when teenagers were seen shouting abuse at the landlady of the Swan Hotel, on King Street, Whalley.

Eggs were thrown by youngsters at Vale House Retirement Home on March 11 while other teenagers were seen taking nitrous oxide and cannabis in the toilets at Vale Gardens on March 16, the parish council has said.

The latest incident came on Tuesday night at Whalley's Vale Gardens when a memorial bench was vandalised.

Cllr Hill, of Democratic Conservatives, added: "I know officers have suffered from a tremendous reduction in funding. The government need to put more money back into policing."g."