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CCTV captures youths having fist fight in middle of Stoke-on-Trent street – as woman in leopard print dressing gown looks on in horror

CCTV captures youths having fist fight in middle of Stoke-on-Trent street – as woman in leopard print dressing gown looks on in horror

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This was the shocking moment youths were caught on CCTV having a fist fight in the middle of a Stoke-on-Trent street – as a woman wearing a leopard print dressing gown watches on.

The footage shows the two young men dressed in casual sports clothing trading rapid blows in Gordons Court, in Longton, at 7.30am.

At one point, one of the lads can be seen throwing a punch as an older woman in her pyjamas and slippers gazes on in shock with hands to  her face.

Then, as the violence escalates out of view of the CCTV, she can be seen strolling over while a young woman wearing a skirt and holding a handbag skips toward the fracas.

From another angle, the security footage shows four men watching the fight unfold  from in Locketts Lane with one even perching himself on the bonnet of a red car.

The fighter dressed in red is seen bumping fists with an older man before heading in to the arena near the entrance to Gordons Court.

None of the four men or two women were involved in the fight.

CCTV captures a fist fight in the Locketts Lane area of Normacot

The clip – recorded last year – has been handed over to StokeonTrentLive as enraged residents complain their concerns over gang violence in the neighbourhood are going unheeded.

Other issues with anti-social behaviour and crime have included theft from their gardens, fireworks shot at their homes from the A50 footbridge and regular incidents of drinking, drug use and loutish behaviour associated with a den under the overpass.

Gordons Court resident Nick Thomas’ CCTV cameras captured the clip of a the fight near his home.

 

The 57-year-old said: “The police don’t want to know, I’ve shown it to them but they say it’s not enough. They’re about as much use as a chocolate teapot.”

Nick believes the police could have done more with the CCTV as it clearly shows involved individuals’ faces.

Barrie Harrington, former chairman of Normacot Residents’ Association, has also weighed in on the long-running issue he has been trying to get sorted for some time.

Grown men watch the fight unfold in Locketts Lane, Normacot
Grown men watch the fight unfold in Locketts Lane, Normacot

He said: “The police keep saying that they’re taking action but obviously it’s not enough. This has been going on for quite a while.

“The residents have been complaining for a long, long time. The police keep saying they are restricted to what they can do, it’s just not good enough for the residents. They are really suffering.”

Sergeant Scott Robson, of Stoke South neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are aware that there is an issue of anti-social behaviour around Locketts Lane and the A50.

 

“We do, typically, see an increase in this type of incident at this time of year and are forming specific operations to combat this.

“As a whole, the South Ward area of Longton has had a reduction in criminal activity with a six per cent decrease in crime, two percent decline in anti-social behaviour and a 14 per cent reduction in incidents reported to the police.

“We do take this kind of behaviour very seriously and offences will be dealt with by Staffordshire Police and our partner Stoke-on-Trent City Council.”

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