PLANS to get rid of the yobs in Lowerhouses have been welcomed.
People were willing to talk about the problem-stricken estate - but not to give their names, for fear of intimidation.
One woman, who has lived there for 56 years, said the arson and other attacks on Longley Riding School - forcing it to close - were "simply dreadful".
She added: "There is no doubt that since it closed things have got worse, especially the vandalism and graffiti.
"There seem to be more gangs around during the day and I keep wondering why they are not at school. I don't go out at night at all.
"I'd certainly welcome any new powers the police have. But people have told me some of the problems are caused by youths coming into Longley and Lowerhouses from Almondbury."
A man said: "Things have deteriorated over the last three months. I don't know what the reason can be.
"There are children here who don't seem to be frightened of the police or anyone - and I'm talking about children as young as 10."
Newsome Clr Andrew Cooper said the lives of people in Lowerhouses were being made a misery by yobbish behaviour.
"This is the right time to take radical action and make law and order a priority in the area," he said.
"There has been initimi- dation and vandalism and people riding around on trials bikes, quad bikes and in untaxed cars.
"Co-ordinated action is being taken to tackle these problems," he added.
"We want to turn this area around and make it somewhere people feel safe and happy to live their lives, unhindered by yobbish behaviour."