Police raid on Tuffley house used by teenagers
YOUTHS have been arrested in connection with a spate of burglaries in Tuffley.
The arrests followed a police raid on a home in the area, which is being used to house teenagers aged 16 to 18 who have previously been in care.
Young people are housed in the accommodation to help with the transition from being supervised to living more independently.
Police raided the house, recovering suspected stolen property and arresting two boys, who were later charged with burglary. One was also charged with robbery. They are due to appear in court this week.
Traditional Shave, Facial Treatment, Whisky and a Shoe Shine -...View details
Gents, enjoy a traditional shave, facial treatment, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £31
Terms: Early and later appointments available upon request.
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
City councillor Colin Organ (C, Tuffley) said: "This has been a case of the wrong individuals all housed together, with minimal supervision, causing havoc and distress to law abiding and elderly residents. That is not acceptable.
"Burglary itself is an intrusion into someone's private life and home and is a deeply upsetting experience particularly for the more vulnerable and elderly amongst us. The loss and damage to personal belongings that cannot be replaced and the mess left behind is very unpleasant."
One nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said: "The house has been a cause for concern for some time now.
"It doesn't seem like the right place to put something like that."
The young people are not from Gloucestershire – but had been relocated here. Those thought to be linked to the problems have been moved out.
Police bosses said they were looking into reports of anti-social behaviour linked to the property as well.
Chief inspector Richard Burge said: "We are aware of community concern around the behaviour of several young people who have been living at the property.
"Stolen items were found there recently and two boys were arrested and charged.
"Other arrests were later made in connection with another burglary and theft of a vehicle and we are aware that there has been anti-social behaviour linked to the property too.
"Officers have spoken to residents in the area to resolve the problems.
"The issues have only come to our attention in the last few weeks but behaviour like this is completely unacceptable and we wanted to move quickly to nip this in the bud.
"Tenants linked to the problems have now been moved and we have been liaising with the youth service and social care workers to ensure we do everything possible to stop this happening again.
"In the meantime, our officers will continue regular patrols in the community."
Back in May, a home in Chatsworth Avenue was raided by thieves who got away with a war medal, jewellery and a television among other items.
Several other burglaries have been reported in the area during the weeks since.