FEARED residents say their quaint spa town is being terrorized by a gang of ‘wild’ teenagers wielding knives.
Locals claim the 21-strong group of thugs have been wreaking havoc at Malvern Link, Worcestershire, in recent months.
The Yobs, estimated to be between 12 and 16 years old, are said to have threatened people with knives and thrown stones at houses.
Others say they caught them urinating in neighboring gardens, stealing and setting fires through people’s mailboxes.
Parents have said they are too scared to let their children play after a boy was beaten up while older residents were left “prisoners in their own homes”.
A couple who live on Cedar Avenue captured the hooded youths with their Ring doorbell camera last week.
Footage shows the intimidating gang swarming their driveway before heading out into the garden and stealing their son’s £1,000 bag and £300 bike from their cabin.
Celia McCullough, 47, who lives with her partner Neil Topping, 49, said they rushed home after witnessing the theft last Saturday.
Mum-of-two Celia later uploaded the footage to social media to raise awareness and catch those responsible – but was ordered by police to remove it.
She said: “We saw the group on footage and were able to count 21 people involved looking at my camera and my neighbors.
“It was scary to see them all at the end of our driveway.
“They stormed into our garden and stole my son’s bag from our cottage. They also stole an expensive bike.”
Celia continued: “We drove home after finding out, but were told by a neighbor that they had already left and were making their way to Malvern Link station.
“We heard they also threw stones at houses and urinated on lots.”
They’ve been wreaking havoc for months and nobody seems to want to act.”
Celia McCullough, 47
Celia adds that this isn’t the only story about the group of yobs in her neighborhood.
She continued: “Since I uploaded it to social media I’ve been told countless other stories of people being terrorized by the same children.
“One said they were too scared to let their children play after a boy was beaten up by them. They threatened someone else with a knife.
“I’ve been told they set things on fire through someone’s mailbox. It’s just awful. This is a nice, quiet neighborhood with a lot of older residents.
“This is not a big city where you would expect something like that, although it’s not acceptable anywhere, we moved here because it was nice and quiet.
“They need to be stopped but when I uploaded the footage I was told by the police to remove it because an investigation was ongoing.
“But we haven’t seen them do anything to stop them. We know they are coming from Worcester by train to deliberately attack our small town.”
Despite her complaints, Celia says “things just keep getting worse in her sleepy town,” with the teens wreaking ” havoc.”
She said: “Certainly something could be done at both stations to stop them coming here. They’ve been causing havoc for months and nobody seems to want to act.
“I want to bring this to the attention of the people at Malvern Link because things are getting worse here.
“They terrorize people and people are afraid. That has to stop.”
Miss McCullough, who declined to identify her profession, said the youngsters’ attitude towards the police was “terrible”.
She said: “We were on the phone to the police all the way to the train station and they were fantastic when they arrived.
“The attitude of these youngsters was terrible, even when the police were dealing with them. They don’t seem to care.”
Another elderly resident, who asked not to be named, added: “We were too scared to go out because these wild thugs were rioters.
“They just don’t seem to care about anything other than trying as hell to cause trouble. We have become prisoners in our own homes.”
Local residents say the group was the same group who were banned from Malvern Link station by police earlier over the weekend.
Eight officers issued five eviction orders for some of the teenagers, meaning they could not visit the station for up to 48 hours.
A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “Officials in Malvern have issued five distribution notices for this weekend after the evening of March 29.
“The distribution order was imposed under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
“Due to dissolution orders, it is punishable by law for anyone to return to a designated area for up to 48 hours.”