YOUTHS who have been throwing objects at taxis and vandalising buildings have been warned the police are cracking down on their antics.

Pendle Council leader Cllr Mohammed Iqbal spoke out after a series of incidents in Colne.

Taxi drivers have been targeted by youths throwing stones and eggs at their vehicles and taxi rank buildings, breaking windows. They have also been kicked and verbally abused.

Several homes in Colne have had their windows smashed by the same youths.

The areas targeted by two groups include the town centre and the area around George IV playing fields off Skipton Road.

Cllr Iqbal said: “We are working with the police and local councillors to help find the culprits and put a stop to this criminal and anti-social behaviour. It’s totally unacceptable and is making our taxi drivers and other local people feel unsafe and terrorised in their own town.”

His deputy Cllr David Whipp said: “One of the two groups has already been identified

“Police officers have been working with the five youths and their parents and are confident they won’t be carrying out these yobbish attacks again. But there is a second group of youths we need help identifying.”