Church Langley resident describes scenes of “violence and mayhem” on Halloween

News / Mon 5th Nov 2018 at 03:41pm

A CHURCH Langley resident has described nightmarish scenes of violence and mayhem on her street on Halloween.

Beryl Stradling, of Aynsley Gardens spoke to YH after there were numerous depictions of “wild and feral” youths causing disturbances in the area.

Beryl said: “There was a gang of up to 25 youths near my house. I went outside and some were kicking the living daylights out of a
boy who was lying on the floor. There were others shouting “stamp on his head” They were acting like a pack of wild animals.

“Others were shouting racial abuse at a black boy.

“When they went, boys who had been hiding came out. They said: “We don’t know them. We don’t know why they have done this”.

Soon after, the youths came back and brave Beryl told YH that she stepped in between the youths to prevent further violence.

Beryl told YH that neighbours called the police. She continued: “The police arrived but confessed that they were “chasing their tails”.

Beryl’s testimony sits alongside a number of reports published on social media that describe individuals fire rockets at Tesco’s; rockets being fired form cars as well as large groups of youths menacing residents.

Beryl added: “I have lived in this town all my life and have never known anything like it. I have neighbours with young children and they would not go to the town park fireworks on Sunday.

“People are scared and the police are not protecting us.”

YH put a number of questions to Essex Police regarding the circumstances on Halloween.

A police spokesperson said: “We received a number of reports of anti-social behaviour in Harlow during Halloween, Wednesday, October 31.

“The majority of these calls were about large groups of teenagers gathering, with some throwing objects that included fireworks.

Additional officers worked during the evening and throughout night, including officers from the special constabulary.

They were patrolling both the Church Langley and Newhall areas following concerns about anti-social behaviour from last year’s event.

Our officers did not need to make any arrests or use additional dispersal order powers.

We issued one boy with a community protection warning after he was found with fireworks and we have notified Trading Standards about this.

We received one call about an assault in Church Langley Way at around 9.50pm.

We attended and were unable to locate the victim and we have no reports from anyone reporting to being injured.

We would urge anyone who witnesses any anti-social behaviour to call Essex Police on 101 or report information online by visiting www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

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3 Comments for Church Langley resident describes scenes of “violence and mayhem” on Halloween:

2018-11-05 16:55:06

Ah, the joys of village life.

Captain Darling
2018-11-05 23:02:05

I hope that Mr Halfon reads this. Perhaps then he could tell us whether his is happy with the cuts in funding to our Police Force by his Government that has resulted in the Police "chasing their tails"? And if he is not happy - what he is going to do about it?

2018-11-07 06:33:21

Ah, the scream from the affected, "it's the Tories fault". Nothing to do with parental issues then ?

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