HOODED hooligans are terrorising evening shoppers in Waterloo.
Residents spoke out just days after an action plan was unveiled, aimed at curbing anti-social behaviour in Kirklees.
One woman contacted the Examiner, saying a gang of 40 to 50 youths were terrifying anyone who "dared" to visit the shops in Waterloo in the evening.
"When this gang is rounded up and suitably disposed of, I will personally congratulate the top-level panel for their action plan," she said.
Dalton councillor Roger Battye admitted there was a big problem with anti-social behaviour all over the ward.
He said the gang moved around Wakefield Road, Moldgreen and Kirkheaton and had made parts of the Dalton estate a "no-go area".
He said that on Tuesday night he had received several calls from people because of a "firework fight" in Dalton's Harp Inge area.
Young people were deliberately throwing fireworks at homes and buildings.
And in Oakes, resident Andrew Boyles said gangs were intimidating people on the streets near his home and in Lindley and Salendine Nook.
Homes and businesses suffered broken windows and general vandalism.
Mr Boyles blamed part of the problem on there being nothing for the young people to do.
The Examiner revealed on Monday that a new team of Kirklees officials and police were tackling hooligans and vandals.
Anti-social behaviour co-ordinator Bill Swap said a lot of work had already been done in the Dalton area, but there was more work to do.
Councillors believe more money and more resources is needed to clean up the streets.
Other ideas to tackle the problem include more Neighbourhood Wardens, more recreation facilities for youngsters, more measures to tackle truancy and the adoption of a Proof of Age scheme.
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