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Taxis being targeted by anti-social youths in Colne

Published: Tuesday, 9th February 2021

Taxi drivers in Colne are being targeted by youths throwing stones and eggs at taxis and taxi rank buildings, breaking windows.

Taxis have been kicked and drivers subjected to abusive language.

And a number of homes in Colne have had their windows smashed by what appears to be the same group of youths.

The areas which have being targeted by two groups of youths include the town centre and the area around George IV playing fields off Skipton Road.
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal MBE, Leader of Pendle Council, explained:
“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.”

“One of the two groups has already been identified,” said Pendle Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor David Whipp who chairs the Pendle Community Safety Partnership. 

 “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,” he explained.

“But there is a second group of youths we need help identifying,” said Councillor Whipp.

“That’s why we are urging local people to contact the Police on 101 if they spot them throwing stones or eggs at homes or taxis or hear them using abusive language towards people.

“Local residents can help us put a stop to this gang of youth by helping the Police identify who they are,” he stressed.