A LONE woman has made a stand against a gang she claims is terrorising her neighbourhood.
Barbara McVety, of Belfield Road, Accrington, was so annoyed by the increasing anti-social behaviour in her community she began a one-woman campaign to compile evidence against the thugs.
According to Ms McVety, the dozen-strong gang - who are aged about 12 to 16 - regularly take drugs and drink alcohol in public. She claims they also use a nearby house in Rothwell Avenue for under-age sex.
Every time she goes out, Ms McVety takes a camera and tape recorder to record the yobs' antics.
She said: "I am determined to get proof and pass it on to the police because the situation is ridiculous.
"Neighbours tell me I'm sticking my neck out but I am not putting up with it because our community is being ruined.
"This week I was attacked by the mother of a gang member and her son. They smashed my tape recorder and trod it into the ground.
"Residents are scared sick but they have to tell the police because the situation won't improve if they don't."
The 56-year-old said she has been subjected to a string of confrontations.
"When they discovered I'd recorded them, the ringleader made sexual threats against me," she said.
"He jumped on a car roof and pulled his trousers down. He bared his backside and shouted what he was going to do to me. But they're cowards. On their own, they're scared. When one behaves so extremely they love it and egg each other on."
The police have become involved and are investigating a series of incidents that various neighbours have reported.
Ms McVety is demanding that St Vincent's Housing Association, which runs the homes, gets involved.
She said: "They promised to make sure tenants were behaving in an acceptable manner so I have contacted them and am hoping they can improve things for the decent tenants who are still here."
Sergeant Bob Eaton of Accrington Police said: "We have had several complaints from Ms McVety about a number of matters. But this is the first complaint about the behaviour of youths and sounded unpleasant for her. We have the name of one youth who is known to us. We are following the matter up."